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  • Reports: Tokyo to propose moving more venues for Olympics

    September 28, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) A Tokyo government panel reviewing the cost of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics is set to propose moving more venues outside of the city in order to save money.Among the venues being reviewed are those for volleyball, swimming, rowing and canoe sprint, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.

  • Prosecutors charge men after Ryan Lochte protest on TV show

    September 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors have charged two protesters who rushed the stage of ''Dancing with the Stars'' in a protest against Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.The Los Angeles city attorney's office says Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi were charged Monday with interfering with a performance and leaving a spectator area and entering a stage, both misdemeanors.

  • Phelps to Lochte before scrape: 'Keep your head on straight'

    September 27, 2016

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) Add Michael Phelps' name to the list of Americans who were less than amused by teammate Ryan Lochte's post-competition, early morning drunken antics at the Rio Olympics.''I did have a talk with him about two days before about not doing anything bad,'' said Phelps, who retired after the Summer Games as the most-decorated Olympian of all time. ''I told him, `Just keep your head on straight. Have fun.'''

  • 500 days to go: Pyeongchang Olympic organizers optimistic

    September 27, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Marking the 500-day countdown to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, organizers said Tuesday that 90 percent of construction of new venues is complete and the focus is now on preparing for test events.Pyeongchang's organizing committee said construction is on schedule for a series of sports competitions scheduled from November to April that will serve as rehearsals for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, 2018.

  • With 500 days to go, Pyeongchang organizers are optimistic

    September 26, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) With 500 days until the Olympic cauldron is ignited in Pyeongchang, organizers of the 2018 Winter Games say 90 percent of construction on new venues is complete and the focus of preparations is on test events.Pyeongchang's 2018 organizing committee on Tuesday said construction is on track for a series of sports competitions scheduled from November to April that will serve as rehearsals for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, 2018.

  • Rome's city council to vote Thursday on 2024 Olympics bid

    September 26, 2016

    ROME (AP) Rome's city council will vote Thursday whether to support Mayor Virginia Raggi's rejection of the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.The motion is expected to pass easily since Raggi's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement holds a majority on the city council.

  • Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos to join US team in DC

    September 23, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.

  • USOC, LA 2024 reach deal on key marketing agreement

    September 23, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee and leaders of the effort to bring the 2024 Games to Los Angeles reached terms on a marketing agreement Friday, clearing a major hurdle nearly a year before those Olympics are awarded.The Joint Marketing Program Agreement would shift a majority of the USOC's marketing revenue over to the host city for a period surrounding the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee requires the agreement to eliminate crossover sponsorships - for instance, the USOC pairing with one carmaker, while a host city pairs with another.

  • US Olympic sports lag on minority, women hiring

    September 23, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of ''scorecards'' the federation has released that chart progress over the past three years.

  • Italy: Another Olympic bid unlikely for 20 years

    September 23, 2016

    ROME (AP) Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago says another bid isn't likely for ''the next 20 years'' after the Rome 2024 candidacy was rejected by Mayor Virginia Raggi.Malago says, ''Anything can happen but it seems unlikely that there will be another Italian Olympics candidacy for the next 20 years.''

  • Australian Olympic Commitee supports study of 2028 games bid

    September 23, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) The Australian Olympic Committee says it supports a decision by mayors in south-east Queensland state to fund a feasibility study into bidding for the 2028 Olympic Games.AOC president John Coates said Friday his organization supported the assessment of a bid for the games which would be based around the city of Brisbane but would include the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

  • USOC chair warns of 'Cold War mentality' in antidoping fight

    September 22, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee warned of turning the effort to fix the world's broken anti-doping system into a Cold War-style showdown between East and West.Speaking to the U.S. Olympic Assembly on Thursday, chairman Larry Probst reiterated his support for the International Olympic Committee's near-unanimous rubber-stamping of president Thomas Bach's decision not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio Olympics.

  • Congress moves to block 'victory tax' on Olympic athletes

    September 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A bill moving forward in Congress would block the IRS from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians.The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash prizes to Olympic medal winners: ,000 for gold, ,000 for silver and ,000 for bronze. Because the money is considered earned income, it is taxed - a practice some lawmakers refer to the ''victory tax.''

  • Los Angeles adds 3 venues to bid for 2024 Olympics

    September 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Three existing venues have been added to Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympics, including Long Beach as one of four main sports clusters.LA2024 announced the additional venues Thursday, emphasizing its use of existing venues to avoid costly construction and cost overruns that have plagued Olympic host cities in recent years.

  • IOC chief visits Pyeongchang to inspect Olympic preparation

    September 22, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach arrived in South Korea on Thursday for a two-day visit to inspect preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Bach opened his visit by attending a dinner reception for a trilateral sports minsters' meeting between South Korea, Japan and China at a Pyeongchang convention center, but he's not expected to participate in discussions that will continue into Friday, according to an official from South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism who didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

  • 1st Jesse Owens Award goes posthumously to Muhammad Ali

    September 21, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) The first Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award will recognize the late Muhammad Ali.The Owens Award was started this year, the 80th anniversary of Owens' four-gold-medal performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and is to be presented annually to recognize Olympians who have served as an inspiration in society.

  • Rome mayor nixes 2024 Olympic bid: 'This city is unlivable'

    September 21, 2016

    ROME (AP) Irresponsible, unsustainable and unaffordable.Refusing to put up with more debt in a city besieged by corruption and poor public services, Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, effectively dooming the capital's candidacy for the second time in four years.

  • WADA head Reedie looks to heal rifts with Olympic officials

    September 21, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) After months of barbs and sparring between Olympic and anti-doping officials, World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie expects an end to public conflict.The rift has widened since July, when a WADA-commissioned report detailed a state-backed doping program in Russia for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and across summer and winter sports.

  • Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejects city's 2024 Olympic bid

    September 21, 2016

    ROME (AP) Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejected the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics on Wednesday, effectively dooming the capital's candidacy for the second time in four years.If approved by Rome's city assembly, Raggi's motion to withdraw the bid would leave only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in the running for the 2024 Games. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the host city in September 2017.

  • In or out? Rome mayor to reveal decision on 2024 Olympic bid

    September 21, 2016

    ROME (AP) Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, who has long opposed the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, will announce her decision on the candidacy on Wednesday.Raggi was scheduled to meet with Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago and bid vice president Luca Pancalli, then hold a news conference at city hall. But 45 minutes after the meeting was scheduled to begin, Malago and the rest of the delegation left city hall saying Raggi hadn't shown up.

  • Paris mayor asks for 'national unity' in 2024 Olympic bid

    September 21, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has urged all French presidential candidates to throw their support behind the capital city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.Speaking to a group of French senators on Wednesday, Hidalgo said her team has met with all candidates and asked them to build a ''national unity'' around the bid.

  • Rome mayor to announce decision on 2024 Olympics bid

    September 20, 2016

    ROME (AP) Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, who has long opposed the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics as unsustainable, will formally announce her decision on the candidacy Wednesday.The mayor has scheduled a news conference on the bid at City Hall atop ancient Capitoline Hill.

  • Rio judge seizes assets of official Olympic broadcaster

    September 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian justice has blocked assets of the company that serves as the host broadcaster organization for the Olympic Games.The decision announced on Monday impacts any financial resources, trucks, equipment and furniture used in Brazil by Spanish-based company Olympic Broadcasting Services, known as OBS.

  • Under 3 percent of US athletes in Rio had medical exemptions

    September 19, 2016

    Fifteen of the 558 athletes in the U.S. delegation at the Rio Olympics - or slightly less than 3 percent - had therapeutic-use exemptions in force during the games.The exemptions, known as TUEs, came under increased scrutiny last week after Russian hackers broke into the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency and posted confidential medical information online from some athletes.

  • Putin: hack of Olympic athletes data reveals WADA hypocrisy

    September 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) President Vladimir Putin says the hack of Olympic athletes' data has cast a spotlight on a ''hypocritical'' decision to bar Russian athletes from the Rio Paralympics.Putin spoke Monday as the hackers' group known as Fancy Bears, which the World Anti-Doping Agency said was linked to Russia, unloaded another package of Olympic athletes' data. The athletes had permission from sports or anti-doping bodies to use medications that would otherwise be banned.

  • After 1,192 days, Brazil mega-event run ends at Paralympics

    September 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After 1,192 days, Brazil's run of hosting mega-sports events came to an end Sunday at the Paralympic Games.It began with soccer's Confederations Cup in 2013, extended to the 2014 World Cup, ran through IOC President Thomas Bach's goodbye speech last month at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and finished with the closing ceremony of the Paralympics before 45,000 spectators at Rio's Maracana stadium.

  • Paralympics: China's Zou Lihong wins wheelchair marathon

    September 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Chinese wheelchair racer Zou Lihong captured her third medal and first individual gold of the Rio Paralympics on Sunday, beating American Tatyana McFadden in a photo finish in the women's marathon.On a course looping along sun-soaked Copacabana Beach, Zou and McFadden spent the race in a lead pack of eight competitors and then sprinted to the finish. The pair finished in identical times of 1 hour, 38 minutes, 44 seconds. But after they crossed the finish line, Zou, ahead by a whisker, raised an arm in victory.

  • Rio Olympic CEO says privately-run budget needs public money

    September 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The CEO of the Rio Olympics said Sunday his privately funded operating budget needs just under million in public funding to meet its obligations.Chief executive officer Sidney Levy had pledged that only private money would be used to run the games. That promise was broken just over a month ago when the committee requested a bailout from the city of Rio de Janeiro and the federal government to run the Paralympic Games.

  • Iranian cyclist dies after crash in Paralympics road race

    September 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday.He was Bahman Golbarnezhad, aged 48, the International Paralympics Committee said.It said he received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital where officials said he died.

  • Iranian cyclist taken to hospital after crash in Paralympics

    September 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) An Iranian cyclist has been hospitalized after being injured in a C4-5 cycling road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday.The local organizing committee identified the rider as Bahman Golbarnezhad, aged 48. It said he received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital.

  • Technology at Paralympics sparks advances and controversy

    September 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Here's how good technology for prosthetic running blades has become.Greek runner Michail Seitis set a world record for his division with a time of 49.66 seconds in the men's 400-meter final on Thursday. He came in sixth place out of eight runners. The five who finished ahead of him were double amputees.

  • Paralympics could help remake Tokyo's narrow roads, doorways

    September 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike expects the 2020 Paralympics to make Japan's capital more accessible to people with disabilities.Narrow roadways and doorways will be widened. More ramps and railing can be installed, and other physical changes can be made.

  • Top US wheelchair racer could go home with 5 golds

    September 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tatyana McFadden came into the Rio Paralympics with a chance to win seven gold medals, from the 100 meters to the marathon, an unprecedented feat for a wheelchair racer.Depending on how she does this weekend, she'll go back to the United States with anywhere between four and six medals, at least three of them gold.

  • Two-man refugee team appreciates Paralympic experience

    September 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Of the nearly 4,000 athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics, all but two are doing so for their country.Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al Hussein and Iranian-born discus thrower Shahrad Nasajpour make up the first refugee team at the Paralympics.

  • Brazilian prosecutors charge 8 with promotion of terrorism

    September 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian federal prosecutors have charged eight people with allegedly recruiting for and promoting terrorist organizations before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.They are among several people arrested two weeks before the event in August. Police accused them of pledging allegiance to the self-declared Islamic State on social media and of discussing using weapons and guerrilla tactics to potentially attack during the Olympics. Police said one had tried to buy an AK-47 assault rifle.

  • Time to go: Rio volunteers a little sad, a lot tired

    September 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) They've been working since early August, from morning to night, acting as volunteer guides for Olympic and Paralympic athletes' families and spectators at venues.Volunteers, decked out in loud, short sleeve shirts and khaki pants, will watch the games end Sunday at the closing ceremonies for the Paralympics in Rio.

  • Putin: Russia disapproves of anti-doping hackers

    September 16, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) President Vladimir Putin said Russia disapproves of the hack of medical files of Olympic athletes, though their findings should attract public attention.Putin's statement on Friday came as IOC President Thomas Bach said he will ask Moscow for help to stop the hackers, which the World Anti-Doping Agency said were linked to Russia.

  • IOC head to ask Russia for help against anti-doping hackers

    September 16, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach says he will ask Russian authorities for help to stop hackers releasing confidential medical files of Olympic athletes.The IOC president appears to acknowledge that cyberattacks on a World Anti-Doping Agency database are linked to Russia.

  • Valeri Liukin national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics

    September 16, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) USA Gymnastics didn't look far for to find Martha Karolyi's successor as the leader of its powerhouse women's program.Valeri Liukin, a four-time Olympic medalist and father of 2008 Olympic champion Nastia Liukin, was chosen the successor to Karolyi on Friday. Karolyi retired last month after guiding Team USA to nine medals at the Rio Olympics, including four golds for all-around champion Simone Biles.

  • Doping investigator's final Russian report is months away

    September 16, 2016

    ZURICH (AP) Doping investigator Richard McLaren's final report on state-backed cheating in Russia is several months from completion, casting fresh doubt on the nation's hosting of winter sports this season.''We are focusing on winter sports athletes first. We will get that information out as quickly as we can produce it,'' McLaren told The Associated Press in an interview on Friday.

  • False clues make it tough to find WADA hackers

    September 16, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Medical data from some of the world's leading athletes has been posted to the web and the World Anti-Doping Agency says Russians are to blame. Even the hackers seem to agree, adopting the name ''Fancy Bears'' - a moniker long associated with the Kremlin's electronic espionage operations.

  • Navigating Rio can be tough for those with disabilities

    September 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Inside the Olympic Park, there are ramps, strategically placed railings, tactile paving inside venues, and more. It's evident that experts designed the grounds for the Summer Games and Paralympics to be accessible to people with disabilities.

  • Olympic athletes shrug off medical data leaks by hackers

    September 15, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) A two-time Wimbledon singles champion, two Tour de France winners and an Olympic discus gold medalist had the same answer Thursday to the latest leak by hackers of confidential medical information: so what?Petra Kvitova, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Robert Harting - all Rio de Janeiro Olympians last month - reacted with sarcasm and shrugs to the leak from the World Anti-Doping Agency database.

  • Top German court rejects Russians' Paralympics admission bid

    September 15, 2016

    KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) Germany's highest court has thrown out a request from five Russian athletes to force the International Paralympic Committee to allow them to compete in the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.The Federal Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected their application for an injunction, arguing among other things that such a decision would constitute significant interference with the Bonn-based IPC's autonomy.

  • Agency says hackers revealed more medical data

    September 15, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has ''no issue'' with his medical data being leaked, in an alleged criminal attack by Russian hackers on a World Anti-Doping Agency database.Froome was a headline name among 25 athletes - from Britain, the United States and Germany plus five other countries - whose confidential details of using authorized medications spilled into the public domain late Wednesday.

  • Paralympic Pele: Brazil hails blind soccer star

    September 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Born with glaucoma, Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves, known as "Jefinho," was completely blind by age 7, three years before he learned to play soccer. He had seen images of Pelé but never watched videos of the legendary Brazilian soccer player in action.

  • WADA confirms another hacking of its athletes database

    September 15, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has ''no issue'' with his medical data being leaked, in an alleged criminal attack by Russian hackers on a World Anti-Doping Agency database.Froome was a headline name among 25 athletes - from Britain, the United States and Germany plus five other countries - whose confidential details of using authorized medications spilled into the public domain late Wednesday.

  • AP PHOTOS: Records fall, attendance rises at Paralympics

    September 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympic Games are in the home stretch, having overcome budget problems to stage a highly successful competition that has seen higher-than-expected attendance and a slew of record-setting performances.About 4,350 athletes are competing, each with unique differences that have to be classified. Lines have to be drawn to group similar impairments, or impairments that yield similar results. There are 10 impairment groups based on physical, visual and intellectual criteria. But the 22 Paralympic sports adjust the groups to suit their individual events, swelling the classifications to hundreds.

  • WADA confirms another hacking of its athletes' database

    September 14, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency said late Wednesday that a Russian ''cyber-espionage'' group called Fancy Bears had leaked another batch of confidential athletes' information from its database.WADA said that similar to the leak that the agency announced on Tuesday, the group released confidential data of 25 athletes from eight countries ''into the public domain.''

  • Brazilians being Brazilians lift Paralympic spirit

    September 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Powerlifting star Majid Farzin walked to the platform to roaring applause. Then, complete silence as he attempted his lift.Three white lights clicked on, signaling it was good, and the crowd erupted in cheers again, this time even louder. A sea of yellow and green rose to its feet, chanting and waving Brazilian flags.

  • Race driver Alex Zanardi, a double amputee, wins gold at Rio

    September 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nearly 15 years to the day he lost his legs in an auto racing crash in Germany, Italian athlete Alex Zanardi captured a gold medal Wednesday at the Rio Paralympics.Competing in the men's road hand-cycling time trial, Zanardi won in a time of 28 minutes, 36.81 seconds, ahead of Stuart Tripp of Australia and Oscar Sanchez of the United States.

  • Argentina's Lencina fails doping test at Paralympic Games

    September 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Argentine judoka Jorge Lencina has been provisionally suspended from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after failing a doping test.Paralympics spokesman Craig Spence says Lencina failed the test on Sept. 8, and then competed two days later in the 90-kilogram class. He lost his match in the quarterfinals and has been disqualified.

  • Armless Archer: There's almost nothing he can't do

    September 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matt Stutzman was born with no arms - just stumps at the shoulders - but he says there's almost nothing he can't do.He holds a world record for the most accurate distance shot in archery, which includes able-bodied archers.He drives a car without modifications - right foot on the steering wheel - plays basketball, and can write with both feet, both shoulders, and his mouth.

  • Chinese dominate medal count at Paralympics

    September 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) At the Riocentro Pavilion 3, the only sound in the table tennis arena was a steady tapping as the two competitors in the gold medal match struggled for points.On one side of the table was Xue Juan. On the other, Li Qian. Both Chinese Paralympians in wheelchairs. Their match was one of two to decide a gold medal on Monday that featured athletes from China only.

  • Iraqi-American powerlifter finishes journey at Paralympics

    September 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's been quite a couple of weeks for Ahmed Shafik, the lone U.S. powerlifter at the Rio Paralympics.His wife delivered the couple's second son early, shortly before the games began last Wednesday, and Shafik, an Iraqi immigrant, competed in his second - and he says final - Paralympics.

  • WADA says Russian hackers published athletes' medical data

    September 13, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday.WADA said the hackers were a ''Russian cyber espionage group'' called Fancy Bears.

  • Paralympics: Games hit 'Big Time' as athletes look for edge

    September 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympic Games have hit the big time.There's serious money for a few through performance and sponsorships, and wily ways to get an edge. There are also heated debates about the intricate classification system, levels of impairment and whether athletes are placed in the wrong classes.

  • Russians stripped of 2 Beijing Olympic medals for doping

    September 13, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Russia has been stripped of two track and field medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after retests showed their athletes doped with an anabolic steroid.The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that four Russians have been disqualified from the Beijing Games in cases involving turinabol.

  • Table tennis gave a once-homeless teen a path to Paralympics

    September 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A few months before U.S. table tennis player Tahl Leibovitz left his home in Queens, N.Y., for the Rio Paralympic Games, his wife, Dawn, heard a bang late at night. They didn't identify the source of the noise until their neighbor told them her air conditioner had fallen onto their car.

  • Some Paralympic athletes are competing in multiple sports

    September 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tatyana McFadden wanted to go to Russia, where she was born and lived until age 6.So she took up Nordic skiing, qualified for the 2014 U.S. Paralympic team, traveled to Sochi and won a silver medal in the 1-kilometer sit ski sprint. She then returned to her record-breaking wheelchair racing career.

  • Unmanned hot-air balloon hits Olympic arena; minor damage

    September 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A small, unmanned hot-air balloon crashed into the roof of one of the arenas in Rio's Olympic Park on Monday, causing minor fire and water damage but with no reported injuries.Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said the small balloon - often called a sky lantern or Chinese lantern- was probably launched from one of the city's favelas and hit the Carioca 3 Arena.

  • IOC decides against further punishment for Ryan Lochte

    September 12, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Ryan Lochte will not receive separate punishment from the International Olympic Committee for lying about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Games.The IOC says it is ''adequate'' that United States team officials have already banned the swimmer for 10 months and required him to forfeit 0,000 in bonuses. Lochte will miss the 2017 world championships.

  • CONI: If Rome 2024 bid dropped, candidacy unlikely for years

    September 12, 2016

    ROME (AP) Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago says that if Rome's bid for the 2024 Games is rejected by Mayor Virginia Raggi, a new candidacy wouldn't be realistic for up to half a century.Having maintained her opposition to the bid since being elected in June, Raggi is expected to formally announce a request to drop the candidacy in the coming weeks. She maintains that costs would not be sustainable.

  • Paralympics entertain bigger-than-expected crowds in Rio

    September 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Three weeks ago, organizers and event fans were worried that the 2016 Paralympics would not be well-attended. But when Sao Paulo resident Marco Fumis arrived at a lively Olympic Park on Saturday, he was blown away with what he saw.

  • American women sweep in triathlon's Paralympic debut

    September 11, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Before racing in the women's Paralympic triathlon Sunday, U.S. athletes Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell talked about it being the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They had hopes of hearing the U.S. national anthem from the podium.

  • Paralympian Vervoort prepared to take own life - but not yet

    September 11, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Marieke Vervoort lives with nearly unbroken pain. The Belgian has an incurable, degenerative spinal disease, sleeps only 10 minutes some nights, and in 2008 she signed euthanasia papers so she can decide when to end her own life.

  • American women sweep in paratriathlon debut

    September 11, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Before racing in the women's Paralympic triathlon Sunday, U.S. athletes Allysa Seely, Haley Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell talked about it being the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. They had hopes of hearing the U.S. national anthem from the podium.

  • Bach defends decision to miss Paralympics opening

    September 11, 2016

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is quoted as saying his absence from the opening of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has nothing to do with the charges brought by Brazilian prosecutors against another high-ranking IOC official.

  • Brazil judge sets conditions for 8 in ticket scalping scheme

    September 10, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A judge in Brazil has set the house arrest conditions for eight of the 10 people charged with ticket scalping, conspiracy, and ambush marketing during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The conditions are the same already imposed on Ireland's top Olympic official, Pat Hickey, and countryman Kevin Mallon.

  • Algerian team faces possible expulsion from Paralympics

    September 10, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) An Algerian women's goalball team could be expelled from the Paralympics for failing to show up for two matches.IPC officials said the absence could be a form of political protest, which is banned in the Paralympics as it is in the Olympics.

  • Wounded US veteran to compete in paratriathlon on 9/11

    September 10, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Fifteen years ago, Melissa Stockwell was a senior at Colorado, wearing her ROTC uniform as she watched the Sept. 11 attacks unfold on television.On Sunday, she will put on a different national uniform, Team USA's, as she competes for gold in the Paralympic triathlon.

  • Guides for blind athletes share the struggle

    September 10, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After Jerome Avery failed to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters in both 2000 and 2004, it seemed like his dream of international sports glory had faded away.On Saturday, at Olympic Stadium, he will be running for gold alongside David Brown, the current fastest blind man alive. Brown is the reigning world champion in the T11 category of the 100 meters. T11 athletes are nearly or totally blind.

  • US wheelchair racer's bid for 7 golds falls short

    September 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) U.S. wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden was aiming to win seven gold medals at the Rio Paralympics, in every event from the 100 meters to the marathon.Her bid for the unprecedented feat didn't make it past her first final, in the 100.

  • Belgian women's relay team finally gets 2008 Olympic gold

    September 9, 2016

    BRUSSELS (AP) The Belgian 2008 women's Olympic 4x100 relay team was officially handed its gold medals on Friday - eight years after crossing the line at the Beijing Games in second place behind Russia.The team moved up to gold this year after a Russian runner was caught doping in a retest.

  • IOC: No request from Brazil police on Olympic ticket probe

    September 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee says it has not received any request from Brazilian police for information concerning an investigation into a ticket-scalping scheme during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.On Thursday, Rio de Janeiro police said they want IOC president Thomas Bach to explain why the Olympic Council of Ireland received 296 more tickets after exchanges between Bach and high-ranking IOC member Patrick Hickey, who is facing charges in Brazil for ticket scalping, conspiracy, and ambush marketing in a case that broke during the Olympics.

  • Brazil's Daniel Dias the Michael Phelps of the Paralympics

    September 9, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Daniel Dias likes being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Phelps.Some Paralympians may feel diminished - even offended - by using an Olympian as a reference to help illustrate their excellence.Not Dias.''If people keep comparing me with Michael Phelps, I will be even more honored,'' said the 28-year-old Brazilian. ''That will show that I left some legacy for Paralympic swimming.''

  • Proposed ballot on Budapest Olympic bid clears legal hurdle

    September 9, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) A proposed national referendum on Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympics meets the initial, formal legal requirements, Hungarian election authorities said Friday.The National Election Committee now has until Oct. 6 to carry out a full inquiry on the question asking citizens whether they want Parliament to repeal the law about bidding for and hosting the Olympics.

  • US swimmer Jessica Long opens with a silver at Paralympics

    September 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) U.S. swimmer Jessica Long hugged Australian Lakeisha Patterson when the women's 400 freestyle final was over and offered congratulations. Long had a medal in her fourth Paralympics, but Patterson took the gold and the world record.

  • Rio police want IOC head to explain Ireland's games tickets

    September 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro police investigating a ticket-scalping case want the IOC president to explain why Ireland's allocation of Summer Games tickets went up.The Olympic Council of Ireland received 296 more tickets after exchanges between Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, and Patrick Hickey, a high-ranking IOC member and head of the OCI, police said on Thursday.

  • Emmert: NCAA might reconsider Olympic bonuses for athletes

    September 8, 2016

    NCAA President Mark Emmert says member schools might reconsider allowing college athletes who compete in the Olympics to accept payments for performance.The NCAA rules allow athletes to accept money for training from the U.S. Olympic Committee or similar organizations in other countries along with national sports governing bodies. Athletes can also keep bonuses given for winning medals. A gold medal was worth ,000 for U.S. athletes in Rio. A silver paid ,000 and a bronze ,000.

  • Italy's Olympic medalists plead with Rome mayor on 2024 bid

    September 8, 2016

    ROME (AP) Italian medalists from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics wrote to Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Thursday pleading with her not to drop the capital's bid for the 2024 Games, saying it would be a mistake to ''close the door on a unique opportunity.''

  • Italy's Olympic medalists beg Raggi to keep Rome 2024 bid

    September 8, 2016

    ROME (AP) Italy's medalists from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have written to Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi pleading with her not to drop the capital's bid for the 2024 Games.Raggi has voiced opposition to the bid but has not formally rejected it. She is due to meet with Italian Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malago this month.

  • Lochte banned through June 2017, loses 0,000 in bonuses

    September 8, 2016

    Ryan Lochte will forfeit 0,000 and a chance to swim at next year's world championships as part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month's Olympics.The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced the penalties Thursday. Lochte is banned through the end of June. That means he won't be able to qualify for July's world championships, which normally don't draw top fields in the year after the Olympics.

  • Belarusian booted from Paralympics for carrying Russian flag

    September 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympic Games already has its first political protest, right at the beginning with the opening ceremony.A Belarusian sports ministry employee who marched in with a Russian flag on Wednesday has been booted out of the games.

  • Paralympic Games open to theme: 'Heart knows no limits'

    September 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympic Games opened Wednesday with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: ''The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart.''Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act.As a countdown from 10 reached its end, Wheelz raced down a giant ramp and somersaulted in the air through a giant 0 on the stadium floor. That finished the countdown and shattered more stereotypes about what athletes with disabilities can do.

  • IOC will cooperate with Brazilian Olympic ticket probe

    September 7, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee promised to cooperate Wednesday with Brazilian authorities in the ticket scalping investigation that has targeted one of its executive board members.The statement came as IOC President Thomas Bach missed the opening of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where police wanted to interview him about the case.

  • Paralympics: As games begin, athletes want progress

    September 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) At the 2012 London Paralympics, athletes competed in venues full of spectators who cheered from the first event to the last. Lines for tickets extended out the doors.''Everybody in the crowd was legitimately excited,'' said U.S. swimmer Brad Snyder, who won two gold medals in London. ''It wasn't production. It wasn't any magic.''

  • Brazil charges IOC's Hickey, 9 more on ticket scalping case

    September 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against a high-ranking Olympic official in connection to a ticket-scalping case that unfolded during last month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Marcos Kac, a state prosecutor, said on Tuesday he decided to charge Olympic Council of Ireland President Patrick Hickey and nine others with ticket scalping, conspiracy and ambush marketing, after reviewing the police investigation.

  • IOC's Hickey declines questions on ticket scalping in Rio

    September 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A high-ranking Olympic official is declining to answer police questions related to alleged ticket scalping during last month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.A police official said Olympic Council of Ireland President Patrick Hickey declined to answer questions. Hickey also did not comment upon leaving a Rio de Janeiro station.

  • Organizers: Ticket sales up, Rio is ready for Paralympics

    September 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With the Rio Paralympics set to begin Wednesday, organizers say ticket sales have jumped from around 200,000 to 1.6 million, and a spirit of optimism now pervades the cash-strapped event.''It's helped by the fact that the Brazilian team did so well in the final weekend of the Olympics,'' Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee, said. ''It gave the Cariocas a flavor of what they can expect here in Rio with the Brazilian team chasing a top five finish in the medals table.''

  • IOC head Thomas Bach to miss Paralympics opening ceremony

    September 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach will miss Wednesday's opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in order to attend a state event in Germany.The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that Bach would attend the official state mourning ceremony on Wednesday for Walter Scheel, the former West Germany president.

  • Olympic champion Biles to release autobiography Nov. 15

    September 6, 2016

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is ready to tell the full story behind her rise from prodigy to champion.Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, will release her autobiography ''Courage to Soar'' on Nov. 15. The book will reveal ''how challenges in her childhood have shaped her into the young woman and role model she is today. She shares the ups and downs of her life, insights into her positive mental approach, and her inspiring journey to the pinnacle of her sport.''

  • 84 Russian athletes lose bid to compete in Paralympics

    September 6, 2016

    BONN, Germany (AP) A German court has dismissed appeals by 84 Russian athletes seeking to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.The state court in Bonn, where the International Paralympic Committee is based, on Tuesday rejected the athletes' bid for an injunction forcing the IPC to allow them to compete.

  • Rio Paralympics saved by last-minute government bailout

    September 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympics leadership hoped Rio de Janeiro would build on the success of London. Instead, it's about limiting any damage.When the curtain comes up for 4,300 athletes at Wednesday's opening ceremony, almost everything will be scaled back: venues, seating, and staffing. Paralympic officials say that no sports or nations have been cut out, but the ''athlete experience'' could suffer.

  • German court rejects 10 Russian athletes' Paralympic bid

    September 5, 2016

    BONN, Germany (AP) A German court has rejected a bid from 10 Russian athletes for an injunction allowing them to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.The entire Russian Paralympic team has been barred from the games as punishment for a state-backed doping program. Last month the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Paralympic Committee's decision.

  • Ledecky enjoying quite a victory tour since starring in Rio

    September 3, 2016

    She's hung out with the Boss.She's used the National League MVP as a medal rack.Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is enjoying quite a victory tour before she heads off to college.''It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but I've also had a lot of fun with it,'' said Ledecky, one of the biggest stars of the Rio Games.

  • Renzi: Italy will look to 2028 if Rome Olympic bid rejected

    September 1, 2016

    ROME (AP) Premier Matteo Renzi says Italy will bid with a different city for 2028 if Rome's mayor rejects the capital's candidacy for the 2024 Olympics.Renzi tells Rtl radio, ''The decision is up to the city and we'll accept that, it's either yes or no.''

  • Cuban stripped of silver medal in 2008 discus for doping

    September 1, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Yarelys Barrios of Cuba was stripped of the silver medal in the women's discus from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Thursday after testing positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples.Barrios tested positive for acetazolamide, a banned diuretic and masking agent, the International Olympic Committee said in the latest of a string of doping cases from past Olympics.

  • Australians won't be punished for altering Rio credentials

    September 1, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian Olympians Natalie Cook and Lachlan Milne will not be sanctioned for altering accreditations to allow fellow Australian athletes into the country's basketball semifinal against Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Cook, a former beach volleyballer, and Milne, a ex-canoeist, were working with the Australian team as athlete services volunteers. They placed stickers on athletes' accreditations to allow them access to the game, an investigation commissioned by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) found.

  • Japan panel finds nothing illegal in Tokyo Olympic bid

    September 1, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) An independent panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee has found nothing illegal in a payment made to a Singapore consulting firm in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games.A report by the panel released Thursday said a .8 million Singapore dollar (then .3 million) payment to the consultancy Black Tidings for bid planning services and lobbying advice in 2013 was legitimate.

  • Anti-doping group seeks reform of 'deeply damaged' system

    August 31, 2016

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Top officials of the IOC and other sporting bodies would be banned from being members of anti-doping agencies under new proposals for tackling drugs in sports.Leaders of 17 anti-doping organizations met in Copenhagen this week to consider ways of fixing a ''global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged'' and to ''ensure that the disturbing events of recent years are not repeated.''

  • Swiss supreme court rejects Russian Paralympic ban appeal

    August 31, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Switzerland's supreme court says it has dismissed Russia's appeal to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Swiss Federal Tribunal says its judge dismissed the Russian Paralympic Committee's request for an interim ruling overturning a ban by the International Paralympic Committee because of state-sponsored doping.

  • 4 athletes stripped of medals from 2008 Beijing Games

    August 31, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Eight years later, more athletes continue to be stripped of medals from the Beijing Olympics because of positive doping tests.Four athletes, including three Russians, had their medals taken away on Wednesday after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned drugs.

  • National anti-doping bodies propose global reforms

    August 31, 2016

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A coalition of national anti-doping bodies has proposed a rule that would prohibit officials of the IOC or other major sports bodies from holding a top role in anti-doping organizations.Leaders of 17 anti-doping associations met in Copenhagen to consider ways of fixing a ''global anti-doping effort that has been deeply damaged.''

  • Boxing body pursues sanctions against Olympic refs, judges

    August 31, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Boxing Association is pursuing disciplinary action against the referees and judges sent home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for failing to properly officiate fights.AIBA says ''individuals and associated federations have been forwarded to the disciplinary commission for further investigation, with appropriate actions to follow.''

  • Brazil releases Olympic official on bail, probe continues

    August 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian authorities say that senior Olympic official Patrick Hickey has been released from prison on bail while a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe continues.Rio de Janeiro's department of penitentiaries said Hickey walked out of Bangu prison complex at 11 a.m. local time (1400 GMT) on Tuesday.

  • IOC may consider suspension of Kenya's Olympic body

    August 30, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC says it may be forced to consider sanctions against Kenya after its national Olympic committee was disbanded.The International Olympic Committee says it is ''extremely concerned'' by the situation in Kenya, where three senior officials were arrested for alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Lochte mum on Rio return, plugs 'Dancing with the Stars' gig

    August 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding ''we're just trying to get this over with.''

  • Lochte mum on returning to Brazil, will compete on 'DWTS'

    August 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding ''we're just trying to get this over with.''

  • Ryan Lochte mum on returning to Brazil to face charges

    August 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over an incident at a gas station during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding ''we're just trying to get this over with.''

  • Boorman, longtime coach of Simone Biles, heading to Florida

    August 29, 2016

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Aimee Boorman, the longtime coach of Olympic champion Simone Biles and the coach of the 2016 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team, is heading to Florida.Boorman announced Monday she is leaving the World Champions Centre in suburban Houston, which is run by Biles' parents, to become the executive director of women's gymnastics at Evo Athletics in Sarasota.

  • Girl strikes gold by finding stolen Olympic medal in trash

    August 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen.Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June.

  • Brazil judge orders release of IOC member in ticket probe

    August 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A Brazilian judge ordered on Monday the release of a high-ranking IOC member who was arrested during the Rio de Janeiro Games in a ticket-scalping probe.Judge Fernando Antonio de Almeida accepted a request made by Patrick Hickey's lawyers to set him free from Rio's Bangu prison complex, where he has been held since Aug. 19, while his case continues to be investigated. Hickey must remain in Brazil and hand over his passport.

  • Kenyan Olympic officials subjects of criminal investigation

    August 29, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Kenya is risking sanctions from the IOC after the sports minister said he had disbanded the national Olympic body and three of its senior officials were arrested and face a criminal investigation relating to alleged abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • AP Interview: Tokyo leader vows Olympics, policy leadership

    August 29, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Tokyo's first female governor said Monday she will use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics and push a women's rights agenda that she hopes will be a model for Japan's central government.Yuriko Koike, elected in a sweeping victory last month, said in an interview that ''reduce, reuse and recycle'' of waste and temporary facilities will be her slogan for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games. The estimated cost of hosting the Olympics has spiraled.

  • Four of the Final Five from Rio get hugs from Beyonce

    August 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished ailing teammate Gabby Douglas well and got hugs from best female video winner Beyonce on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.Simone Biles, in a girly red mini dress, had an attack of the giggles as she shared the stage with Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.

  • Gabby Douglas hospitalized, misses MTV Video Music Awards

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas was hospitalized Sunday night, forcing her to miss a scheduled appearance with her U.S. teammates at the MTV Video Music Awards.''Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury. She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications,'' publicist Lesley Burbridge said in an email to The Associated Press.

  • Michael Phelps put a name to his famous Phelpsface: Future

    August 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, offered a name to go with his famous Phelps face Sunday night and it's one word: Future.Phelps introduced Future at the MTV Video Music Awards, revealing that he was listening to the rapper and singer's ''Stick Talk'' when he was photographed grimacing, hood up, headphones on, sitting in a chair near rival Chad le Clos from South Africa before a race at the Rio Olympics.

  • Irishman in Rio Games ticket-scalping probe released on bail

    August 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian officials say an Irish businessman arrested at the beginning of the Rio Games in a ticket-scalping probe has been released on bail.Rio's department of penitentiaries said on Sunday that Kevin Mallon left the Bangu prison complex late Saturday on condition that he doesn't leave Brazil.

  • Guinea says 2 Olympians did not return home with delegation

    August 27, 2016

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) The head of Guinea's Olympic delegation says two athletes did not return to the West African nation after competing at the Rio Olympics.Atef Chaloub said Saturday that swimmer Amadou Camara disappeared 48 hours before the team's scheduled departure. He said Mamadama Bangoura, who competed in judo, also did not return to Guinea, having disappeared after leaving a message saying she wanted to ''try her luck'' abroad.

  • North Korean Olympic athletes return to low-key welcome home

    August 27, 2016

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) Members of North Korea's Olympic team returned home on Saturday, greeted by a small crowd of family and friends.Vice Premier Ro Tu Chol and Vice Minister of Sport Kim Jong Su were also at Pyongyang's airport to welcome the team home from Rio. But there was no motorcade and no crowds lining the streets - a common welcome in the past for North Korean athletes returning home after winning overseas competitions.

  • Column: Solo, Lochte and a look at gender equality after Rio

    August 26, 2016

    A triumphant Olympics for the U.S. team - especially all those golden female athletes - has come with some nasty aftershocks, raising more potential questions about gender inequality.Let's start with Hope Solo, who was suspended for six months and effectively kicked off the national women's soccer team for some sore-loser comments in the wake of an excruciating defeat.

  • Kenya Olympic officials arrested over alleged mismanagement

    August 26, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Three officials of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) have been arrested in connection with the alleged mismanagement of the country's team at the Rio de Janeiro Games, police officials said Friday.NOCK's secretary general, Francis K. Paul, was detained at Nairobi's Muthaiga Police Station, according to the police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

  • Russia's luxury gifts for Olympic medalists spark dispute

    August 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Luxury cars, apartments, even a racehorse - being an Olympic medalist in Russia can come with great material rewards but also controversy.Under President Vladimir Putin, it's become a tradition for Russia's Olympic heroes to be showered with large cash sums and sometimes unwanted gifts.

  • Athlete sells Rio medal to help 3-year-old with eye cancer

    August 26, 2016

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to help pay for the medication of a 3-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.Malachowski said on Facebook that siblings Dominika and Sebastian Kulczyk, among the richest Poles, ''declared the intention to buy my silver medal,'' which he put up for auction to help pay for treatment of the boy, Olek, who is suffering from retinoblastoma.

  • Kuwait dissolves Olympic committee, soccer association

    August 26, 2016

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) Kuwait has dissolved its Olympic committee and the country's national soccer association, further deepening an ongoing dispute over the direction of sports in the oil-rich country.Kuwait's Public Authority for Sports announced Thursday it assigned two interim commissions to handle the two bodies and ''tackle all irregularities done by the two dismissed boards.''

  • US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil

    August 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.

  • Rio police: Irishmen say their top official handled tickets

    August 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the head of their national committee, who has been arrested in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe, was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a chief investigator said Thursday.

  • Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robbery

    August 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.

  • Ryan Lochte nabs new sponsor after Speedo, others dump him

    August 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan Lochte has a new sponsor - Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops - that says people should give the swimmer ''a second chance'' after he fell from corporate grace following a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics he tried to pass off as a robbery.

  • Rio police question top Irish Olympic executives in probe

    August 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro police began questioning two of Ireland's top Olympic executives on Thursday in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official.Olympic Council of Ireland's team leader Kevin Kilty and chief executive Stephen Martin arrived at police headquarters on Thursday wearing the Irish team uniform.

  • Kenya disbands Olympic committee after troubles in Rio

    August 25, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The National Olympic Committee of Kenya was disbanded by the government on Thursday and an investigation launched into alleged mismanagement of the country's team at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The problems faced by the team in Rio damaged the morale of athletes, Kenya sports minister Hassan Wario said.

  • Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

    August 25, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane on Thursday, while six Russian athletes launched a bid to compete at next month's games as individuals.Russia was suspended on Aug. 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a ''medals over morals'' culture with evidence of state-sponsored doping. The ban was confirmed Tuesday when the Court of Arbitration of Sport rejected a Russian appeal.

  • Rio Paralympics reaches 20 percent of tickets sold

    August 24, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nearly 80 percent of the tickets for next month's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro remain unsold, but sales have increased sharply since the end of the Olympics, organizers said on Wednesday.On Tuesday, 133,000 tickets were sold, a new daily record for the Rio Paralympics, which will be held Sept. 7-18.

  • US ski team doctor opens clinic to protect athletes' brains

    August 24, 2016

    BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) U.S. ski team physician Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher has opened The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute.The director of the clinic says Wednesday his goal is to help as many athletes as possible with their neurological health at the 7,000-square foot facility about 35 miles west of Detroit. His team of neurologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and neuropsychologists will treat athletes of all ages.

  • Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles welcomed home to Texas

    August 24, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Fans waved American flags and cheered as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arrived home in Texas following the games in Rio de Janeiro.The 19-year-old gymnast from Spring thanked the crowd Wednesday as part of the celebration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

  • Swimmer Feigen apologizes for 'serious distraction' in Rio

    August 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) U.S. swimmer James Feigen apologized for the ''serious distraction'' he and three teammates caused at a gas station during the Rio Olympics, saying he omitted facts in his statement to police.''I omitted the facts that we urinated behind the building and that Ryan Lochte pulled a poster off the wall,'' Feigen said in a statement Tuesday on the website of his lawyer in Austin, Texas.

  • Record-breaking British Olympic team welcomed home

    August 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Arriving in a plane with a gold-painted nose cone and ''victoRIOus'' emblazoned on the livery, Britain's Olympic team returned home Tuesday to jubilant scenes after the country's record-breaking medal haul in Brazil.Max Whitlock and Nicola Adams, who won three of Britain's 27 gold medals in Rio de Janeiro, were the first Olympians to emerge from the plane at London's Heathrow Airport and stood at the top of the stairs as the rest of the team filed out to cheers and applause.

  • Sports court confirms Russia ban from Rio Paralympics

    August 23, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Two days after Russia finished fourth in the Olympic medal table, its Paralympic team was barred from the next big games in Rio de Janeiro as punishment for a state-backed doping program.Sport's highest court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to exclude the sports superpower. It was a step the IOC declined to take when it had the chance last month.

  • Investigator of Russian doping to speak at FIFA-hosted event

    August 23, 2016

    ZURICH (AP) The investigator who detailed Russia's state-backed doping program will speak at a FIFA-hosted conference on ethics in sport next month.Organizers of the Sept. 16 event, the World Forum for Ethics in Business, say Richard McLaren will lead ''a panel discussion on anti-corruption.''

  • AP Explains: Super Mario's global appeal

    August 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Take that, Pokemon. On Sunday, the Japanese prime minister turned up at the Olympics closing ceremonies to promote the 2020 Tokyo games dressed up as Mario , the eponymous hero of the popular video game series created in 1985.Who is Mario and how did he come by his global appeal? Here's a closer look.

  • Venezuela to give free housing to returning Olympians

    August 22, 2016

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) None of Venezuela's 87 Olympic athletes won gold this year, but they're getting another prize - new homes from the government.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that all the country's participants in the Olympics will get free housing upon their return from Rio de Janeiro. The apartments are part of the government housing program that is a cornerstone of the country's socialist revolution.

  • Tokyo prepares for 2020, facing rising costs and new sports

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a strenuous workout with the next Summer Olympics headed her way.The practice started when she received the Olympic flag Sunday in the official handover ceremony from her Rio counterpart, Mayor Eduardo Paes.

  • Think you know the Rio Olympics? Here's a quiz to find out

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps was predictably excellent, and Usain Bolt was amazing as expected. Ryan Lochte found himself swimming in hot water, and Brazil won the one gold it had to win.But just how well do you know the Rio Olympics? Here's a quiz to find out:

  • The simple fix for golf that isn't so simple

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For all the praise of golf's return to the Olympics, there was no shortage of suggestions to make it better.The easy fix is to introduce a team format.All golf leaders had to do for the Rio Games was to combine the scores of the top two players from each country to provide a team medal. There would have been 24 teams for the men and women. For the men, Sweden would have won by one shot over the Americans, and Justin Rose's birdie putt to win the gold medal also would have given Britain the bronze medal by one shot over Spain.

  • Celebrating Olympic golds, N. Korea vows to be sports power

    August 22, 2016

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) Despite claiming only two gold medals in Rio, North Korea is as determined as ever to fulfill one of leader Kim Jong Un's primary goals: to become an international sports superpower.North Korea's small Olympic team won its two golds in weightlifting, where it has a number of world-class and world-record-holding lifters, and gymnastics. Weightlifter Rim Jong Sim won the gold in the women's 75-kilogram division, while gymnast Ri Se Gwang won the men's vault. The North also won three silver and two bronze medals.

  • Ethiopia says protesting marathoner to be welcomed as hero

    August 22, 2016

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) The Ethiopian marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Games while approaching the finish line will not face prosecution upon his return home and will have ''a heroic welcome,'' a government spokesman said Monday. But it was not clear whether the runner would go back.

  • Bad economy may spoil future plans for Rio's Olympic Park

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The celebrations are done and the torch extinguished, but now that the Olympics are gone, Rio is left with questions about what will become of the city's plan to convert the Olympic Park into a bustling recreational district with luxury apartments and offices.

  • India welcomes back Sindhu after rare medal in Rio

    August 22, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) P.V. Sindhu, the 21-year-old badminton player who won one of India's two medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, returned to her hometown in southern India to cheering crowds MondaySindhu and freestyle wrestler Sakshi Malik restored some national pride in this patriarchal nation by returning with a silver and bronze medal respectively.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Abe wows Rio finale as Super Mario

    August 22, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brief but showstopping gig at the Olympics closing ceremony as the Nintendo game character Super Mario offered a tantalizing glimpse at Tokyo's plans for the 2020 games.The organizers for the Tokyo games crammed the works into a brief two-minute film montage before Abe's appearance: athletes participating in more than a dozen sports, as iconic Japanese images like Tokyo Tower, cherry blossoms, a bullet train, Tokyo Bay Bridge and the famous ''scramble'' intersection in Shibuya whiz by.

  • After Rio, Olympics headed for Asian venues seen as safe

    August 21, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) For the Olympics, it's so-long Rio, hello Asia.The next three Olympics are headed for relatively calmer ports of call in South Korea, Japan and China following the organizational drama surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the just completed Summer Games in Brazil, although challenges remain, especially when it comes to finances and generating enthusiasm among home audiences. A look ahead to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. All three countries have hosted the Olympics before and enjoy a shared reputation for prosperity and a deft hand at organizing major events.

  • The Latest: Rio Games close with samba-fueled Carnival party

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 p.m.The Rio de Janeiro Games couldn't end without a dance party.Moments after the Olympic cauldron's flame was extinguished, the arena turned into a samba-fueled Carnival-like party.

  • Coach K goes, Pop arrives for US hoops team in transition

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mike Krzyzewski is heading out, Gregg Popovich is coming in and maybe LeBron James would even come back.It's a time of transition for both the U.S. Olympic team and international basketball and it starts, as usual, with the Americans on top.

  • Samba, reflections and pride in final Rio Olympics party

    August 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief.The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which combined numerous highlights with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed competition. Cariocas - as Rio's residents are known - weren't swayed by the issues that led up to these Olympics, and braved rain and strong winds on the final night to cap their moment in the worldwide spotlight.

  • The Latest: Rio Games closes with samba-fueled Carnival fun

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 p.m.The Rio de Janeiro Games couldn't end without a dance party.Moments after the Olympic cauldron's flame was extinguished, the arena turned into a samba-fueled Carnival-like party.

  • The Latest: Olympic cauldron extinguished as Rio Games end

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 p.m.The Olympic flame has been extinguished and the Rio Games are over.During Sunday's closing ceremony, singer Mariene de Castro was showered water that resembled rain, which put out the Olympic cauldron's flames.

  • Police seize more Irish Olympic executives' passports in Rio

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police are blocking Ireland's top four Olympic executives from leaving Brazil as their ticket scalping investigation expanded with a raid on the team on the final day of the Rio de Janeiro Games.The Rio police force said it executed search warrants Sunday to seize passports and evidence from Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary general Dermot Henihan, who are accused of illegally selling Olympic tickets.

  • The Latest: Super Mario, Hello Kitty kick off 2020 Games

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 p.m.How do you connect the current host of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and the next, Tokyo?Send in Super Mario, of course - with a little political help.

  • The Latest: Pele not at closing ceremony but tweets support

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 p.m.While athletes from around the world packed the Rio Games closing ceremony, one of the biggest stars was absent - Brazil soccer great Pele.Instead, the three-time football World Cup champion went to Twitter to celebrate Brazil's first gold medal in his sport.

  • The Latest: Tokyo governor accepts flag as 2016 Games end

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:45 p.m.The governor of Tokyo has formally accepted the Olympic flag, marking the end of the 2016 games.The handover occurred toward the end of the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

  • The Latest: The final medals of Rio Games presented

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:30 p.m.The last medals of the Rio Games have been presented.During the first Olympic games in 1896, all of the medals were handed out on the last day. Now, only one event receives its medals at the Summer Games' closing ceremonies - the men's marathon.

  • Carmelo Anthony caps Olympic odyssey with 3rd gold medal

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Carmelo Anthony had one last thing to teach his young teammates.On the podium wearing his third Olympic gold medal, Anthony, who led this inexperienced U.S. team from the moment it first gathered weeks ago in Las Vegas, pointed toward one end of Carioca Arena, to the spot where the American flag was about to rise.

  • The Latest: Athletes, crowd dance to DJs at closing ceremony

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 p.m.The lively music during the closing ceremony of the Rio Games is keeping spectators and athletes are their feet at Maracana Stadium.Olympic athletes danced, smiled and took selifes as they entered the stadium Sunday night and walked around the arena's floor during the flag procession.

  • The Latest: Athletes dance, take selfies at closing ceremony

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:30 p.m.Olympic athletes are smiling, dancing and taking selfies as they proceed into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium for the closing ceremony of the Rio Games.Greece was the first country to enter the stadium, followed by the other 206 delegations, including for the first time a delegation of refugees.

  • The Latest: Colorful costumes, dancing close out Rio Games

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:15 p.m.The Rio Games closing ceremony opened with original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man who Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. Brazilians also believe he is the first to ever wear a wristwatch, an invention made by a friend so he could see the time in flight.

  • The Latest: Colorful costumes, dancing set mood end of games

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:15 p.m.The Rio Games closing ceremony opened with original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man who Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. Brazilians also believe he is the first to ever wear a wristwatch, an invention made by a friend so he could see the time in flight.

  • Rio throws final party to say goodbye to 2016 Olympics

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil and the world bid farewell Sunday to the first Olympic Games in South America, a 16-day spectacle that combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed the competitions.

  • The Latest: Rio Olympics come to end with closing ceremony

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8 p.m.The closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics has started in the iconic Maracana Stadium with a festive celebration featuring dancers dressed in colorful costumes.The ceremony took place on a rainy and windy Sunday night in the same arena as the site of Brazil's greatest accomplishment of the Olympics - a gold medal in men's soccer.

  • AIBA head talks judging, losing, and boxing's Olympic future

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) International Boxing Association President Ching-Kuo Wu attended all 16 days of the Olympic boxing tournament, and he believes Rio de Janeiro saw the best competition ever staged at the games.In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Sunday before the final gold-medal bouts, Wu discussed AIBA's decision to send home several referees and judges after a handful of controversial verdicts.

  • US men grab hoops gold again on Rio's final day

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Brazilians closed out the Rio Games in style Sunday. So did the U.S. men's basketball team.Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans rout Serbia 96-66 for their third straight gold medal. That capped an Olympics in which the U.S. dominated the medal tables, both the gold (46) and overall totals (121).

  • Shields becomes 1st American boxer with 2 Olympic golds

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Claressa Shields had Olympic gold around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket. She reached in her pocket, pulled out her first gold from London and slipped the medal over her head.Two Olympics, two gold medals.

  • US romps to men's basketball gold, beats Serbia 96-66

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The trip wasn't always easy, though they arrived at their expected destination.The players on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team never doubted they would be standing on the gold-medal platform, even after some close calls in Rio and criticisms they lacked the usual big names and bigger wins.

  • Denmark stops France winning record handball gold medal

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Denmark's players had to step it up against one of handball's greatest teams - and that's exactly what they did.Facing a French team which was aiming for a record third straight Olympic gold, the Danish defense held on to close out a 28-26 win in Sunday's final, led by eight goals from Mikkel Hansen.

  • The Latest: US men's basketball team wins final Rio gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:35 p.m.The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66.With the win, the Americans claim the final medal of the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Shields wins boxing; Hockey star gets honor

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.British field hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh will carry her country's flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.The 36-year-old Richardson-Walsh, a four-time Olympian, was the captain of Britain's gold-medal winning field hockey team.

  • Brazil hopes young Olympic champions can boost senior team

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With Olympic gold finally in hand, the pressure is squarely on Brazil's senior team now.The home of ''Jogo Bonito'' is considered by many to be the most powerful soccer nation in the world. The Brazilians have won a record five World Cup titles, eight Copa America championships and now an Olympic gold medal - at their home Olympics, no less.

  • Kyle Snyder becomes youngest US Olympic wrestling champion

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) American wrestler Kyle Snyder's run to the world title in 2015 was so surprising that some wondered if it was something of a fluke.Snyder showed he's for real on Sunday, adding an Olympic title to his burgeoning resume.Snyder, the youngest wrestling world champion in U.S. history, is now the sport's youngest Olympic champion in U.S. history. The 20year-old Snyder beat Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan 2-1 for gold at 97 kilograms during the men's freestyle tournament.

  • Team USA takes Rio Olympics medal race with ease

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. Olympic Team made itself right at home in Rio.The British, they had a games to savor as well.The host Brazilians got soccer gold that they craved, the Russians struggled on the heels of the exposure of a state-sponsored doping program, and the Chinese finished well below expectations.

  • Rio police seize passports of Irish Olympic delegation staff

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian police investigating Olympic ticket scalping raided Ireland's office at the athletes village Sunday as delegation members had their passports seized on the final day of the Rio Games.The expansion of the investigation came as IOC executive Patrick Hickey, the Olympic Council of Ireland president, remained in jail following his arrest on Wednesday.

  • Shields becomes 1st American boxer with 2 gold medals

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Claressa Shields won her second Olympic boxing gold medal Sunday, becoming the first American to win gold in two games.Shields dominated the first women's boxing tournament in London and was again the class of the middleweight division in Rio. The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan, native beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn by unanimous decision in convincing fashion.

  • The Latest: Frenchman Yoka joins fiancée with boxing gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Make it double gold for the first couple of the Olympic boxing tournament.French fighter Tony Yoka joined fiancee Estelle Mossely as gold medal winners, defeating Britain's Joe Joyce in a super heavyweight bout.

  • Kenya's Kipchoge wins gold in marathon, 1 color he'd lacked

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya smiled as he crossed the finish line and later directed cheering fans from the podium. The one color of Olympic medal he lacked in his illustrious career finally is his.Kipchoge grabbed the lead in the marathon Sunday around the 21-mile (35 kilometer) mark and finished off his first Olympic victory in this event in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.

  • Rio Games: Escape Artistry, a new Olympic sport

    August 21, 2016

    The flame goes out to close this showIn which the bar was set real low,With Zika and a toxic bayThat doubles as a vast bidet,Recession pounding one and all,A president against the wall,Budget crises that go back years,A crime wave mixed with terror fears.

  • The Latest: Kyle Snyder of US wins freestyle wrestling gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: American wrestler Kyle Snyder won gold on Sunday, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history.The 20-year-old Snyder beat Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan 2-1 for gold at 97 kilograms during the men's freestyle tournament on Sunday.

  • No gold, but Spain thrilled with bronze in Olympic hoops

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Not golden, not the Olympic medal it still covets, but Spain got something.Australia would take anything.Pau Gasol scored 31 points in perhaps his Olympic farewell and Spain added a bronze to its collection on Sunday with an 89-88 win over Australia, painfully denied its first medal inside the rings.

  • The Latest: Brazil sweeps Italy to win men's volleyball gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: With soccer star Neymar in attendance, the Brazilian men's volleyball team swept Italy for the gold medal.Brazil won 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 on Sunday for its third gold medal in volleyball, which became an Olympic sport in 1964. Captain Bruno went into the stands to embrace Neymar after the victory.

  • With Bolt leaving, Olympic track starts search for new faces

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt is leaving and insists he's not coming back.How will track and field ever be the same?The departure of the sport's most electric athlete from the Olympics certainly makes the Tokyo Games feel like a less enticing prospect.

  • Brazil grabs men's volleyball gold, with Neymar watching

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With Neymar in a courtside seat cheering his countrymen, Wallace pumped his arms and let out screams from deep in his lungs as Brazil fed off the energy in raucous Maracanazinho arena.Over and over again he celebrated each point that got his team closer to an Olympic title.

  • The Latest: Mongolian coaches take off clothes in protest

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:55 p.m.Two Mongolian wrestling coaches have taken off their clothing, one all the way down his underwear, to protest the result of a bronze medal match.Uzbekisatn's Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.

  • Missed opportunities: the gold medals Russia could have won

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There have been boos and scandals for Russia in Rio, but also medals - a lot of them.A country which arrived under a cloud with a depleted team leaves with 19 gold medals and fourth place in the medal table, leaving fans at home wondering what Russia could have achieved at full strength.

  • The Latest: Russia's Ramonov wins freestyle wrestling title

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russian Soslan Ramonov has won the gold medal at 65 kilograms in the men's freestyle Olympic wrestling tournament.Ramonov thumped Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov 11-0 in just 2:05 on Sunday.

  • US men go for the gold on Rio Game's final day

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sloshed his way to the gold medal in the men's Olympic marathon Sunday as Rio de Janeiro began its grand goodbye to the 2016 Games in clammy conditions that did nothing to dampen Brazil's frenzied mood.The host nation was still basking in Neymar's kiss and impossible-to-forget penalty kick that secured the gold medal in soccer for Brazil. The nation desperately needed something to celebrate after demoralizing World Cup and Copa America failures and a host of economic, political and heath woes that dominated the lead-up to South America's first Olympics.

  • USOC: More actions coming in Ryan Lochte's Olympic scandal

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Whatever celebration the U.S. Olympic Committee has planned for its return home after a wildly successful Rio de Janeiro Games on the competition front will likely be short-lived.USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promised Sunday that ''further action'' will be coming, perhaps soon, against 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates after the story of an armed robbery following a night of partying unraveled and led to Lochte acknowledging he embellished the tale.

  • The Latest: American Claressa Shields wins middleweight gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Claressa Shields has become the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals.Shields on Sunday beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn by unanimous decision to win her second middleweight gold. She was the star of the London Games and again was the class of her division.

  • Nino Schurter of Switzerland wins Olympic mountain bike race

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It took Swiss mountain biker Nino Schurter eight years to climb all the way up the Olympic podium, a slow ascent that was at times frustrating, heartbreaking and infuriating.He finally reached the top step Sunday.Schurter pulled away from reigning champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic on the penultimate lap and rode solo to the finish, adding a gold medal to the silver he won at the 2012 London Games and the bronze he captured at the 2008 Beijing Games.

  • The Latest: Schurter of Switzerland wins mountain bike gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Nino Schurter of Switzerland pulled away from reigning champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic on the penultimate lap to win the Olympic mountain bike race.

  • Russia rallies for gold in rhythmic gymnastics group final

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A botched ribbon toss - a miscue that ended with one of Russia's streamers briefly laying on the Rio Olympic Arena floor - put the overwhelming favorites in the rhythmic gymnastics group final in an unfamiliar spot after the first of two rotations on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Spain beats Australia, wins basketball bronze

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2 p.m.Pau Gasol scored 31 points in perhaps his final Olympic game and Spain added a bronze to its collection on Sunday with an 89-88 win over Australia, again denied its first medal inside the rings.

  • Golf leaves Rio in better shape than when it arrived

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Adilson da Silva of Brazil hit the first shot that put golf back in the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. Inbee Park hit the final putt that capped off two weeks that could not have gone much better for a sport trying to make a good impression.

  • Spain wins bronze, beats Australia 89-88 in men's basketball

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Not golden, not the Olympic medal it still covets, but Spain got something.Australia would take anything.Pau Gasol scored 31 points in perhaps his final Olympic game and Spain added a bronze to its collection on Sunday with an 89-88 win over Australia, again denied its first medal inside the rings.

  • Longtime volleyball ambassador Reid Priddy goes out in style

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Reid Priddy could take his Brazilian bow.One of the biggest ambassadors in men's volleyball for more than a decade, the 38-year-old American ended his fourth and final indoor Olympics in spectacular fashion Sunday, leading a five-set comeback that carried the U.S. to the bronze medal with a victory over defending champion Russia.

  • The Latest: : Mountain bike race starts on soaked course

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---12:30 p.m.The men's Olympic mountain bike race has begun on a soggy, muddy course in Deodoro with Czech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy trying to defend his gold medal against a stout field of challengers.

  • The Latest: : USOC says 'further action' in Lochte case

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:10 p.m.U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun says further action is coming in the matter of 12-time swimming medalist Ryan Lochte and his three teammates whose story of a robbery overshadowed the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: US beats Russia to win volleyball bronze

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:55MEDAL ALERTThe United States rallied from a two-set deficit against Russia in volleyball on Sunday to win the Olympic bronze medal with a 3-2 victory.Ranked fifth in the world, the Americans won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13. Matt Anderson spiked for match point against the stunned Russians.

  • The Latest: Kipchoge finally gets marathon gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT:Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya finally has won the gold medal in the Olympic marathon, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds as he sprinted to the finish line with a smile on his face.

  • The Latest: Snyder to wrestle for gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20American Kyle Snyder will wrestle for a gold medal later Sunday at 97 kilograms in men's freestyle after rallying to beat Georgia's Elizbar Odikadze 9-4 in the semifinals.

  • The Latest: Some strike gold for first time

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 a.m.For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.

  • The Latest: Lochte says he exagerated

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 a.m.American swimmer Ryan Lochte says he over-exaggerated what happened at a Rio de Janeiro gas station and acknowledged it was his ''immature behavior'' that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics.

  • The Latest: Kipchoge leading Rio marathon

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 a.m.The men's Olympic marathon is underway in damp conditions on the streets of downtown Rio.After 19 kilometers, a leading pack of about 30 runners is bunched up in a group that includes Kenyan and Ugandan favorites as well as American Galen Rudd. This is the last event in the Olympic track and field program in Rio, and the Kenyans are expecting to wrap it up with gold. Eliud Kipchoge has been the dominant marathoner the last two years and is at the front of the leading group, while his Kenyan teammate Stanley Biwott also is a contender. Stephen Kiptrotich of Uganda is looking to defend the gold medal he won in the 2012 London Games.

  • The Latest: Men's marathon underway on last day of Olympics

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):09:50 a.m.The men's marathon has started in a downpour with runners leaving from the Sambodromo stadium in central Rio.This is the last event in the Olympic track and field program in Rio, and the Kenyans are expecting to wrap it up with gold. Eliud Kipchoge has been the dominant marathoner the last two years, while his Kenyan teammate Stanley Biwott also is a contender. Stephen Kiptrotich of Uganda is looking to defend the gold medal he won in the 2012 London Games. The field also features Americans Galen Rupp and Meb Keflezighi.

  • Men's marathon underway on last day of Olympics

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The men's marathon has started in a downpour with runners leaving from the Sambodromo stadium in central Rio.This is the last event in the Olympic track and field program in Rio, and the Kenyans are expecting to wrap it up with gold. Eliud Kipchoge has been the dominant marathoner the last two years, while his Kenyan teammate Stanley Biwott also is a contender. Stephen Kiptrotich of Uganda is looking to defend the gold medal he won in the 2012 London Games. The field also features Americans Galen Rupp and Meb Keflezighi.

  • For 10 teams, Rio provided a first feel of Olympic gold

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.Going into Sunday's final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams - including the independent team of Olympians - were assured of leaving these games with their first gold medals.

  • In China, a forgiving public embraces fewer gold medals

    August 21, 2016

    In a country long focused on bringing home as many Olympic gold medals as possible, this year's haul isn't what China expected.When China's 416-athlete delegation set off for Rio, state sports officials were banking on 30 to 36 gold medals. As the games end, it had won just 24 for the worst showing since Atlanta in 1996.

  • Column: Semenya takes after Mandela in Rio

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As Caster Semenya stood on the Olympic medal podium, the gold around her neck, the South African anthem playing, one was reminded of another opinion-changing person from her country: Nelson Mandela.Semenya doesn't have the anti-apartheid leader's oratory gifts. But like the father of modern South Africa who died in 2013, she is teaching the world - not just sport, but the wider world that is moved by it - about tolerance, about courage and about judging people not by how they look, but by what they do, how they do it and how they conduct themselves.

  • US women look to keep Olympic basketball dominance going

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) No one has been able to beat the U.S. women's basketball team at the Olympics for 20 years. With a wealth of talent returning and waiting in the wings, it doesn't look like the unprecedented run will be ending anytime soon.Even with four-time Olympians Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings having likely just played their last game for the U.S., the future remains incredibly bright for the team that's won six consecutive Olympic gold medals and dominated the sport for two decades.

  • Decathlon champ Eaton ponders next steps, won't defend title

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The world's greatest athlete hates being called The World's Greatest Athlete.He hears it every time he is introduced at an event, or meets sponsors, or is paraded in front of a TV camera. But the reality is that Ashton Eaton is far too humble for such a title - he is so humble, in fact, that he hides his gold medal under his shirt when nobody is looking.

  • Column: Brazil got its golden moment, but at what cost?

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Remember this moment, Brazil. Nothing feels better than winning.Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge against Germany.

  • In the end, American runner Chelimo got his silver medal

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) American runner Paul Chelimo won an Olympic silver medal.Or did he?Oh, yes he did.Chelimo, who was born in Kenya but lives in Oregon, finished second in the men's 5,000-meter race Saturday behind Mo Farah. Now a U.S. Army specialist , Chelimo celebrated with the flag wrapped around his shoulders and soaked up the cheers from the crowd. But while he was speaking to the media, he found out he had been disqualified from the race and wouldn't get his prize.

  • Brazil wins gold in soccer; US grabs more track medals

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil won the medal it wanted the most Saturday, claiming its first Olympic gold in soccer and providing a lift to a beleaguered nation in the process.Neymar scored the clinching goal for Brazil with a nifty penalty kick in a victory that touched off celebrations all across the soccer-obsessed nation. The win boosted the spirits of a country that has been dealing with a recession, political turmoil, health scares and rampant crime - not to mention the lingering effects of a 7-1 rout against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

  • Neymar kick is gold: Brazil wins 1st Olympic soccer title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the games.Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory.

  • China captures women's volleyball gold, coach makes history

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Head held high as she took the court moments after her Chinese team entered the arena, Jenny Lang Ping waved and smiled in several directions then paced around the floor observing China's championship opponent from Serbia.She proudly sang through the national anthem, then guided her team to a come-from-behind gold - and made her own history, too.

  • The Latest: China defeats Serbia for women's volleyball gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: China rallied from one set down to defeat the upstart Serbians for gold in women's volleyball at the Rio Games.China took a 23-22 lead in the fourth set Saturday night when Ting Zhu's kill sent Maja Ognjenovic to the floor with a hard ball to the face, and the match was over shortly thereafter. Lang Ping raised both arms in the air and Fangxu Yang sprinted over to embrace her. Many more hugs followed.

  • 2nd straight Olympic double puts Farah among the greats

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There is no doubt about it: Mo Farah is among the best long-distance runners of all time.The British great produced one of his trademark controlled runs, topped with a blistering finish, to win the 5,000-meter gold medal on Saturday and cap his second straight Olympic long-distance double.

  • Felix, Merritt help bring US medal total to 31 in track

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are savvy track stars who've been around long enough to know that not everything always goes to plan.Over the final 30 minutes of Saturday's topsy-turvy night at the Olympic track, both Americans came away with prizes they'd been wishing for all along.

  • Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya's career

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Caster Semenya is the Olympic champion nearly seven years to the day after she arrived in track and field and sparked a controversy so complex and so sensitive, the sport is still struggling to deal with it.Against her wishes, the 25-year-old South African has become the face of the debate over whether women with much higher levels of testosterone than normal should be allowed to compete, unchecked, in top-level athletics. Because of Semenya, the IAAF put rules in place in 2011 to regulate women's testosterone levels, believing that high levels of the hormone gave them an unfair advantage. But the rules were dropped last year after a legal challenge by Indian sprinter Dutee Chand and were not in place at the Olympics.

  • Felix, Farah and US underdogs dominate track's last night

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt are two savvy track stars who've been around long enough to know that not everything always goes to plan.Over the final, topsy turvy 30 minutes of running at the Olympic track on Saturday night, both Americans came away with prizes they'd been wishing for all along.

  • China, Azerbaijan win Rio's last taekwondo gold medals

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) To win a taekwondo gold medal without doing much fighting is an accomplishment.And that is largely how China's Zheng Shuyin took the women's heavyweight division title in a slow-paced final against Mexico's Maria Espinoza at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Chelimo reinstated to silver in men's 5,000m

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 p.m.REINSTATED: American runner Paul Chelimo has been reinstated and will get his Olympic silver medal in the men's 5,000-meter race after all.Chelimo finished second in Saturday night but was later disqualified for a lane infringement. A short time later, track and field's governing body said Chelimo did not break any rules and would get his medal.

  • Neymar kick is gold, giving Brazil 1st Olympic soccer title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the games.Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout victory).

  • The Latest: US sets record for most medals in road Olympics

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:05 p.m.The Rio Games will go down as the best ever on foreign soil for the Americans, who topped their mark of 110 medals at a road Olympics set in Beijing eight years ago.

  • Neymar kick is gold; gives Brazil 1st Olympic soccer title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host its biggest moment of the games.Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy after a 1-1 (5-4 shootout) victory.

  • The Latest: Merritt, US men win 4x400 relay gold in Rio

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: LaShawn Merritt anchored the U.S. 4x400-meter relay team to win an Olympic gold medal and regain control of the event at the games.Four years after the Bahamas beat the U.S. team, the Americans finished with a time of 2 minutes 57.30 seconds. The Jamaicans brought the baton home .86 seconds later. The defending champion Bahamas took bronze in 2:58.49.

  • Predictable, yet impressive, Semenya wins Olympic 800 gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was predicted. That didn't make it any less impressive, or any less contentious.Caster Semenya won the Olympic title in the 800 meters Saturday with no one close to challenging her, a result that will only stoke the complex debate over whether women with much higher levels of testosterone than normal should be allowed to compete unchecked.

  • The Latest: Would-be 5000m silver medalist from US among DQs

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):DISQUALIFICATION ALERT: Paul Chelimo of the United States, who crossed the line in silver medal position behind Mo Farah in the Olympic 5,000 meters, is among those disqualified from the race. It was unclear what his infraction was.

  • The Latest: US women win 4x400 relay, Felix's 6th gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Allyson Felix won a women's track record sixth Olympic gold medal, helping the United States win the 4x400-meter relay.Felix, who also won gold in the 4x100 relay and silver in the 400 meters, ran the final leg of the race as the Americans won in 3 minutes, 19.06 seconds. Courtney Okolo ran the first leg, followed by Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis.

  • Brazil wins gold in soccer; US goes for more track medals

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil won the medal it wanted the most Saturday, claiming its first Olympic gold in soccer and providing a lift to a beleaguered nation in the process.Neymar scored the clinching goal for Brazil with a nifty penalty kick in a victory that touched off celebrations all across the soccer-obsessed nation. The win boosted the spirits of a country that has been dealing with a recession, political turmoil, health scares and rampant crime - not to mention the lingering effects of a 7-1 rout against Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

  • Ryan Lochte says 'immature behavior' got him into a mess

    August 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American swimmer Ryan Lochte said he over-exaggerated what happened at a Rio de Janeiro gas station and acknowledged it was his ''immature behavior'' that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics.

  • Centrowitz's win in Olympic 1,500 1st for US since 1908

    August 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matthew Centrowitz always wanted to be an Olympic runner. Kind of like Matt Centrowitz.Like father, like son - as the tattoo across his chest says. Only the son, who goes by Matthew, is bringing home a gold medal and neither he nor his dad, known as Matt, can believe it.

  • The Latest: Ruth Beitia of Spain has Olympic high jump gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ruth Beitia won her first major championship at 37, taking gold in the Olympic high jump with a leap of 1.97 meters.The Spaniard took gold on a countback, beating Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria into second place while Blanka Vlasic took bronze.

  • The Latest: Britain's Mo Farah wins 5000m gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Mo Farah of Britain became the first runner in 40 years to win back-to-back long-distance doubles at the Olympics by taking gold in the men's 5,000 meters.

  • After Rio risk, Olympic officials can learn lessons

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America's first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?The answer, according to experienced Olympic officials and experts, is a mixed bag.

  • As predicted, Caster Semenya wins 800 Olympic title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was predicted. That didn't make it any less impressive, or any less contentious.Caster Semenya won the Olympic title in the 800 meters Saturday with no one close to challenging her, a result that will only stoke the complex debate over whether women with much higher levels of testosterone than normal should be allowed to compete unchecked.

  • Serbia wins its 1st men's water polo gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When it was all over, when they had the title they had coveted for years, Serbia's jubilant players hung the country's flag over one of the floating cages in the pool.The soaked flag said it all. Serbia had finally conquered the Olympic men's water polo tournament.

  • The Latest: South Africa's Semenya easily wins women's 800m

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:30 p.m.Caster Semenya of South Africa won the 800 meters Olympic gold medal, fighting from behind to overtake Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi on the final bend before cruising home.

  • The Latest: American Centrowitz wins men's 1,500 meters gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Matt Centrowitz of the United States ran from the front and held off Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria at the line to win the gold medal in the men's 1,500 meters.

  • The Latest: A roar across Rio as Brazil wins soccer gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:40 p.m.For Brazilians, it's the perfect finish to an imperfect Olympics.In Brazil vs. Germany for men's soccer gold, Neymar gives the hosts a 1-0 lead. But the Germans tie it and ultimately it goes to penalty kicks.

  • With penalty kick, Brazil wins 1st soccer Olympic gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a kiss of the ball and an unforgettable kick, Brazil's biggest soccer star gave the Olympic host nation its biggest moment of the games.Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday with a dramatic penalty kick by Neymar to defeat Germany, sending the nation into a frenzy.

  • The Latest: Fans across Olympics cheer Brazil soccer gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:35 p.m.The 60,000-capacity Olympic Stadium was only a third full 20 minutes before the opening event of the track and field evening program, when one giant roar made it clear why there was a lack of attention.

  • The Latest: Neymar clinches soccer gold for host Brazil

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:15 p.m.Neymar buried the final penalty kick and host country Brazil won its first-ever Olympic men's soccer gold medal with a 5-4 shootout following a 1-1 draw with Germany.

  • Chen wins men's 10-meter for China's 7th diving gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China won its seventh gold in eight diving events at the Rio Olympics, showing off the superpower's depth with a less heralded champion in men's 10-meter platform.Chen Aisen claimed the title with 585.30 points Saturday night, displaying the greatest consistency throughout the six-round contest. Three times he topped 100 points on his dives, closing the contest with one that earned perfect scores of 10.

  • An unhappy reminder for NBC's volleyball analyst at Olympics

    August 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Sometimes experience as an Olympian can give an announcer special insight - even the most painful kind.NBC's Kevin Barnett knew what members of the U.S. women's volleyball were feeling Saturday when they had to rebound from a painful loss in the semifinals to play in a bronze medal match two days later. There's no time to wallow in self-pity. You need to recover energy and focus.

  • The Latest: Neymar clinches Brazil soccer gold in shootout

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Brazil wins soccer gold medal in penalty kicks, clinched by Neymar.---7:55 p.m.Germany and Brazil are into penalty kicks knotted 1-all in the gold medal match at the Olympics.

  • Mamun tops world champ Kudryavtseva in rhythmic gymnastics

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia's dominance in rhythmic gymnastics remains as strong as ever. Yana Kudryavtseva's dominance of the sport's big-time meets, however, is over.Margarita Mamun ended her Russian teammate's long run in major international competition during the Olympic all-around final on Saturday, taking advantage when a rare mistake by Kudryavtseva gave Mamun enough room to squeak by and wrest the gold from the three-time world champion. Mamun's total of 76.483 gave Russia its fifth straight Olympic gold in the rhythmic all-around and Mamun her first major title after spending most of the last three years as the runner-up to Kudryavtseva.

  • The Latest: Brazil, Germany into penalty shootout for gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:55 p.m.Germany and Brazil are into penalty kicks knotted 1-all in the gold medal match at the Olympics.Neymar scored in the 27th minute as Brazil took a 1-0 lead in Saturday's match. Max Meyer scored the equalizer for Germany in the 59th minute.

  • Lesun gets over his disappointment with gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Aleksander Lesun had four years to get over his disappointment in London, four years to prepare for his next opportunity.When it came, he was ready.No missed shots. No missed medals. Only gold.Calm and collected on a stage he had once failed on before, Lesun captured gold in men's modern pentathlon at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Saturday for his first Olympic medal.

  • Russia wins women's handball gold over France

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia won a hard-fought contest against France to take Olympic women's handball gold Saturday, drawing motivation from a speech by coach Evgeny Trefilov that emphasized the team's underdog status.Neither of the finalists had been among the pre-tournament favorites - the French had never won an Olympic medal and Russia was emerging from a prolonged rebuilding effort. That all changed when Russia toppled two-time defending gold medalist Norway and France upset the Netherlands in the semifinals.

  • The Latest: Germany, Brazil in OT in men's soccer final

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:25 p.m.Germany and Brazil are in overtime knotted at 1-all in the gold medal match at the Olympics.Neymar scored in the 27th minute as Brazil took a 1-0 lead in Saturday's match. The crowd at the iconic Maracana Stadium - which included Usain Bolt - roared when Neymar's free kick bounced off the crossbar and into the goal.

  • Serbia wins first men's water polo gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) No more Olympic pressure for Serbia. Just the sweet relief of gold.Dusan Mandic scored four times, Branislav Mitrovic made 12 saves and Serbia dethroned Croatia with an 11-7 victory in the men's water polo final at the Rio Games on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Serbia beats Croatia to win water polo title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Dusan Mandic scored four times and Serbia beat Croatia 11-7 to win the gold medal in men's water polo.Serbia was the favorite coming into the Rio Games, increasing the pressure on the players to bring home the country's first Olympic title in perhaps its favorite sport.

  • The Latest: Turkey's Akgul takes freestyle wrestling gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Turkish heavyweight Taha Akgul has won gold in the men's freestyle wrestling tournament.Akgul beat Iran's Komeil Ghasemi 3-1 on Saturday, becoming just the third wrestler from Turkey to win Olympic gold in freestyle in the last 48 years.

  • The Latest: Russia's Lesun wins gold in men's pentathlon

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: No missed shots or missed medals for Russia's Aleksander Lesun this time. Only gold.Lesun held off a big charge by reigning world champion Pavlo Tymoschmenko in the final event of men's modern pentathlon on Saturday, capturing a gold medal four years after being disappointed in London.

  • The Latest: Neymar scores; Brazil leads Germany 1-0 at half

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:20 p.m.Neymar scored in the 27th minute as Brazil took a 1-0 lead at halftime in the men's Olympic soccer final.The crowd at the iconic Maracana Stadium roared when Neymar's free kick bounced off the crossbar and into the goal on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Russia wrester wins his first Olympic gold medal

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Twenty-year-old Russian sensation Abdulrashid Sadulaev has won his first gold medal in the 86-kilogram division of men's freestyle wrestling.Sadulaev beat Turkey's Selim Yasar 5-0 Saturday for his third consecutive world title and the third gold for the Russians in wrestling at the Rio Games.

  • Water issues linger for residents after Olympics close

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Helicopters were up at daybreak spotting rubbish flows at the Olympic sailing venue, with boats below collecting the debris.Dozens of barricades dammed up streams that flushed garbage into the bay. They caught waterlogged sofas, Styrofoam cups and deflated soccer balls.

  • For resilient US volleyballers, a last ride ends with bronze

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Before they took the court and won bronze, they gathered in the locker room one final time. Each player on the U.S. women's volleyball took a turn to speak.Jordan Larson told her teammates she loved them and would fight for every one of them.

  • The Latest: Russia wins first women's handball gold 22-19

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russia has beaten France 22-19 to win gold in women's handball.It is the first women's handball gold for Russia, though the Soviet Union won in 1976 and 1980. France's silver is its first women's handball medal, and it has a chance to add men's gold Sunday.

  • The Latest: US women's 6th straight Olympic basketball gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.The dominant U.S. women's basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in impressive fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.Diana Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.

  • Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

  • Claressa's coronation: 1 fight remains for boxer Shields

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Shortly after Claressa Shields punched her way through yet another elite opponent to reach another Olympic gold-medal bout, she spontaneously broke into song.Swaying gently to the tune in her head, the world's best middleweight ripped through several bars of the Bill Withers classic ''Just the Two of Us,'' only with altered lyrics to reflect her shared mission with Shakur Stevenson as the only Americans left in the Rio Olympic boxing tournament.

  • Jenny Rissveds powers to Olympic gold on mountain bike

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jenny Rissveds found another gear going up the first long hill of the last lap of the women's Olympic mountain bike race.By the time she started her descent, the Swedish cyclist had finally pulled away from Maja Wloszczowska of Poland. Rissveds was never seriously challenged again on way to winning to the gold medal Saturday.

  • Gwen Jorgensen gives US first Olympic gold in triathlon

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As she wobbled along on a flat tire four years ago in London, Gwen Jorgensen promised to turn that heartbreak at Hyde Park into a conquering of Copacabana Beach at the Rio Games.She crushed both the course and the competition Saturday, giving the U.S. its first Olympic triathlon gold medal by cruising across the finish line in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 16 seconds.

  • Tempesti helps Italy win bronze in men's water polo

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Stefano Tempesti sat on a lane line and raised his arms in the air. It was one last chance to enjoy the view, and the goaltender made the most of the opportunity.Tempesti had 10 saves, Christian Presciutti scored four times and Italy beat Montenegro 12-10 on Saturday for the bronze medal in men's water polo at the Rio Games.

  • Kayak men assail plans for women's canoe in next Olympics

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In the Olympics, women can paddle a kayak but not a canoe. Some men think it should stay that way.As the canoe sprint competition wrapped up Saturday, the medalists in the men's kayak four criticized plans to include women's canoe single (C1) and double (C2) in the next Olympics.

  • Brazil seeks gold in soccer as US goes for more track medals

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ask Brazilians what gold medal matters most to them at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the answer is unequivocal: soccer.Brazil's men will try to pull off the feat Saturday when it takes on Germany in the Olympic final in an electric atmosphere at Maracana Stadium. It gives the host nation a chance to not only win gold in its signature sport, but avenge a 7-1 loss to the Germans two years ago in the World Cup.

  • The good, the bad and the ugly of the Rio Games

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again.Usain Bolt kissed the finish line goodbye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever-linked by a display of kindness, an entire island seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medalist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unraveled.

  • The Latest: Areln Lopez has Cuba's 2nd boxing gold of day

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Arlen Lopez gave Cuba its second boxing gold medal of the day, beating Uzbekistan's Bektemir Melikuziev by unanimous decision in the middleweight final.

  • Appeal denied, questions prevail for US relay team

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It shouldn't be that hard. The Americans make it look that way.The latest U.S. debacle in the Olympic relays reached its end point Saturday, when track officials rejected the protest from the American team and upheld their disqualification from the 4x100-meter men's relay race from the night before. The United States crossed the line third, but Canada keeps the bronze medal.

  • Robeisy Ramirez edges Stevenson for bantamweight boxing gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Robeisy Ramirez and Shakur Stevenson are two of the top talents in the entire Olympic boxing tournament, and their bantamweight championship bout produced three rounds of tantalizing action.When Ramirez's hand was raised afterward, Cuba had another two-time gold medalist.

  • The Latest: Top-ranked US women take volleyball bronze

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:20 p.m.Karch Kiraly's top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team has earned an Olympic bronze medal, hardly the color the Americans planned for when they came to Brazil chasing the program's first gold in history.

  • Nigeria earns Olympic bronze with 3-2 win over Honduras

    August 20, 2016

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) Sadiq Umar scored a pair of goals and Nigeria won the Olympic bronze medal by holding off Honduras 3-2 on Saturday at Mineirao Stadium.It was Nigeria's third overall Olympic medal in soccer. The African nation won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games with a 3-2 victory over Argentina. The team fell to Argentina in the final at the 2008 Beijing Games for the silver.

  • Smooth operator: Serbian guard Teodosic has NBA-ready game

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Watch Milos Teodosic play for a few minutes and familiar names bounce around your basketball brain.When he whips a no-look pass as if telepathically connected to a teammate, his hair flopping on his forehead, it's ''Pistol'' Pete Maravich. When he breaks down a defender and dribbles baseline, exploring a defense for weak spots, it's Steve Nash. And when the game's critical moment arises, and Serbia needs a big play, he's part Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.

  • The Latest: Cuba's Ramirez beats American Stevenson for gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez used a strong third round to finish off top American prospect Shakur Stevenson and win Olympic boxing gold in the bantamweight final.

  • Tom Daley fails to qualify in 10-meter diving; Chinese lead

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tom Daley thought he had the best shot at upsetting China in men's 10-meter platform diving.He won't get the chance.The British diver surprisingly failed to qualify for Saturday's Olympic final, finishing 18th and last in the semifinals after topping the preliminaries a day earlier. Daley botched his second and third dives, leaving him desperately trying to climb out of last place with two dives remaining.

  • The Latest: Tonga flag-bearer loses shot at taekwondo gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:50 p.m.The Tonga flag-bearer who became an unexpected sensation at the Rio Games after marching shirtless into the opening ceremonies has lost his chance for a gold medal in the men's taekwondo heavyweight division.

  • Golden opportunity: US men's basketball goes for 3 in a row

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) No gold, no glory.That's the way it is for the U.S. men's basketball team. The Americans, the standard in the sport since winning their first 63 games after it debuted 80 years ago in the Olympics, are either winners or failures.

  • Sweden's Jenny Rissveds powers way to gold on mountain bike

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jenny Rissveds found another gear going up the first long hill of the last lap of the women's mountain bike race.By the time she started her descent, the Swedish cyclist had finally pulled away from Maja Wloszczowska of Poland. Rissveds was never seriously challenged again on way to winning to the Olympic gold medal Saturday.

  • BTom Daley fails to qualify in 10-meter diving; Chinese lead

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tom Daley thought he had the best shot at upsetting China in men's 10-meter platform diving.He won't get the chance.The British diver failed to qualify for Saturday's Olympic final, finishing 18th and last in the semifinals after topping the preliminaries a day earlier. Daley botched his second and third dives, leaving him desperately trying to climb out of last place with two dives remaining.

  • The Latest: Nicola Adams has 2nd-straight boxing gold in Rio

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: British fighter Nicola Adams has won her second-straight Olympic boxing gold medal.Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title at the London Games, made it back-to-back gold with a unanimous decision victory over French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune.

  • The Latest: Sweden's Rissveds has women's mountain bike gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Jenny Rissveds of Sweden pulled away late from Maja Wloszczowska of Poland to win gold at the women's mountain bike race.The riders were alone together at the head of the field starting the last of the six-plus lap race. Rissveds then powered away on the first long uphill of the 3-mile course, building an insurmountable lead on Wloszczowska.

  • Matteo Piano, Italy go for Olympic gold in men's volleyball

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In March, Matteo Piano chose to have his second back surgery in about seven months and fix a painful herniated disk. He knew if he didn't get the operation, there would be no way he'd be playing for Italy at the Olympics.It was all worth it. Piano is going for gold on Sunday.

  • Park returns to her best to win in golf's Olympic return

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Inbee Park is taking a gold medal back to South Korea to show anyone who doubted whether she should play in the Olympics.And to anyone who questioned her place in women's golf.Slowed all year by a thumb injury that led to speculation she might retire, Park was dominant as ever Saturday at Olympic Golf Course. She made three straight birdies early, never let anyone closer than three shots the rest of the way and closed with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory.

  • Bolt saved his sport - and kept the Olympics relevant

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It began in a rain-drenched 5,000-seat stadium on an island between Manhattan and Queens. Some Jamaican kid with the improbably awesome name of ''Bolt'' was in the Big Apple, not so much to announce his presence to the world, but to figure out who he was.

  • The Latest: Tom Daley doesn't make men's 10m platform final

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Jenny Rissveds of Sweden pulled away late from Maja Wloszczowska of Poland to win gold at the women's mountain bike race.The riders were alone together at the head of the field starting the last of the six-plus lap race. Rissveds then powered away on the first long uphill of the 3-mile course, building an insurmountable lead on Wloszczowska.

  • The Latest: South Korea's Inbee Park wins women's golf gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Inbee Park of South Korea wins the gold medal in women's golf with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory. Lydia Ko holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th to take the silver. Shanshan Feng of China wins the bronze.

  • The Latest: American protest rejected in men's 4x100 relay

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:35 p.m.The U.S. protest in the men's 4x100 meter relay has been rejected, and Canada will keep the bronze medal.The Americans were disqualified from the final, won by Jamaica, for an illegal baton exchange in the first passing zone.

  • Serbia captures bronze in women's hoops, beats France 70-63

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serbia is building its women's basketball history one win at a time and now leaves Rio with a historic victory.The Serbs are leaving their first Olympics with a bronze medal.Serbia counted down the final minute before running to midcourt to celebrate, bouncing back from a painful loss in the semifinals by beating France 70-63 on Saturday.

  • The Latest: American Jorgensen wins women's triathlon in Rio

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:15 p.m.Gwen Jorgensen gave the U.S. its first Olympic triathlon gold medal Saturday, crushing the field at breezy Copacabana Beach in 1 hour, 56 minutes and 16 seconds.

  • The Latest: Mandic through to Taekwondo last 8

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:45 p.m.Serbia's defending Olympic taekwondo champion Milica Mandic is through to the quarterfinals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a commanding performance in her first-round match on Saturday.

  • Gold medal not the only prize for most Olympic champions

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling left Rio de Janeiro known as the man who defeated Michael Phelps. And as a millionaire.In addition to winning the gold medal after beating Phelps with an Olympic record in the 100 meter butterfly, the 21-year-old Schooling also took home a reward of 1 million Singaporean dollars (about US 0,000) from his national Olympic committee.

  • China's Chen wins badminton gold; Malaysia's Lee 3rd silver

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China's Chen Long won gold Saturday in men's badminton, handing Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei his third straight Olympic silver medal and signaling Chen's place as the game's new power.Chen fell face down on the court then rose weeping after his 2-0 victory. He then threw three rackets and his shirt into the crowd, which was largely filled with Chinese supporters, before draping himself in the Chinese flag.

  • The Latest: Biles to carry US flag at closing

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:55 a.m.One more honor awaits Simone Biles at the Rio Games. The five-time gymnastics medalist - four of them gold - will carry the U.S. flag into Sunday's closing ceremony, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Saturday.

  • The Latest: Australian athletes fined

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:30 a.m.The Australian Olympic team says nine of its athletes have been fined after being detained for falsifying games accreditations.They were taken into custody after Olympic Park games officials suspected their accreditations had been tampered with to gain access to Australia's basketball semifinal against Serbia.

  • Is that a kick? Taekwondo fighters devise new ways to score

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Taekwondo may be best known for its flashy and acrobatic kicks, but the electronic scoring system used at the Olympics apparently doesn't care whether or not fighters use the correct technique. That's resulting in a lot of bizarre kicks that no true practitioner of the Korean martial art would recognize, in a departure that some say cheapens the sport.

  • The Latest: Germany win last canoe gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10.30 a.m.Germany dominated the men's kayak four to clinch the gold medal in the final event of the canoe sprint competition at the Rio Olympics.Max Rendschmidt, Tom Liebscher, Max Hoff and Marcus Gross pulled away from the other boats in the second half of the 1,000 meter race and kept their lead until the finish line.

  • US women could be on verge of water polo dynasty

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Maggie Steffens and the U.S. women's water polo team stood on the top step of the podium and belted out the national anthem through a mixture of smiles and tears.Italy and Russia stood on each side of the Americans, and they might as well have been miles away. The gap between the United States and the rest of the world right now is huge in water polo.

  • The Latest: Kozak wins third gold for Hungary

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 a.m.Danuta Kozak has become the most successful kayaker at the Rio Olympics by winning gold in three of the four women's events.Kozak completed her rout as Hungary won the women's 1,000 meters kayak four Saturday ahead of Germany and Belarus.

  • The Latest: Queiroz is 1st Brazilian to win 3 medals in Rio

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 a.m.Canoeist Isaquias Queiroz has become the first Brazilian Olympian to win three medals at the same games.Queiroz and Erlon de Souza had to settle for silver in the men's 1,000 meters double after losing a sprint to Sebastian Brendel and Jan Vandrey of Germany.

  • The Latest: Heath wins 2nd gold in kayak sprint

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 a.m.When the Olympic title holder in the men's 200 kayak sprint didn't qualify for the Rio games another Briton stepped in. Liam Heath beat Maxime Beaumont of France in a furious sprint Saturday to keep the gold medal in British hands.

  • Rio Paralympics sees 'major budget cuts,' low ticket sales

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympics will go ahead in Rio next month but organizers says deep budget cuts mean one venue will close down, facilities will be dismantled and the workforce will be reduced.Poor ticket sales have compounded existing financial challenges in recession-battered Brazil that have already hit operations at the Rio Olympics, which close Sunday.

  • The Latest: Jorgensen of US the fave in women's triathlon

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:40 a.m.American Gwen Jorgensen is the gold medal favorite in the women's Olympic triathlon at Copacabana Beach on Saturday.Jorgensen was an All-American track star at the University of Wisconsin, where she also was on the swim team. She was recruited to try triathlon seven years ago and is now the top woman in the sport.

  • The Latest: Women seek Rio gold in basketball, golf, biking

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:40 a.m.Women are looking for Olympic gold all over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, not just in marquee track events.The U.S. women face Spain in the basketball final, seeking an unprecedented sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Spain, meanwhile, is already assured of its first Olympic medal in women's basketball.

  • The Latest: Brazil's golden hopes rest on Neymar's shoulders

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:10 a.m.The fierce hopes of 200 million Brazilians are resting on squarely on the shoulders of favorite son Neymar.The 24-year-old striker leads Brazil against Germany in the Olympic gold medal soccer match Saturday. Brazilians are hungering for redemption after a different German squad crushed Brazil 7-1 at a 2014 World Cup semifinal that Brazil was hosting. That loss has reverberated in the nation's psyche.

  • The Latest: Australian athletes to pay fine in pass brouhaha

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:50 a.m.The Australian athletes detained by police in Rio de Janeiro after a flap over credentials at an Olympic basketball game have been released and a team official says they will pay a fine.

  • The Latest: UK's Mo Farah eyes double-double gold in 5,000 m

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:20 a.m.Seven track and field golds are up for grabs on Day 15 of the Rio Olympics.Britain's Mo Farah is looking to produce a rare double-double - his fourth career gold - when the men's 5,000 meters kicks off Saturday. Farah won the 10,000 meters last week in Rio despite tumbling to the ground after being tripped, and won both those long-distance races at the 2012 London Olympics.

  • The Latest: Bolt captures gold No. 9, bids adieu to Olympics

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:35 a.m.What are the Summer Olympics going to be like without Usain Bolt in the blocks?No one is eager to find out.The Jamaican superstar has won gold in every Olympic final he ran in, with the latest, No. 9, coming Friday night in the men's 4x100 relay in Rio de Janeiro. He has brought talent, joy, humor and unmatched showmanship to a sport struggling with the black cloud of doping.

  • Americans extend medal count to 27 in Olympic track meet

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tori Bowie is showing her true colors - bronze, silver and, now, gold.''This completes my set,'' the sprinter said after anchoring the U.S. team to the title in the women's 4x100-meter Olympic relay Friday.She's not the only one covered in medals. The United States heads into the final weekend of the Olympics with 27 medals in track and field, including 10 golds, and a legitimate shot to reach the coveted 30 mark.

  • Americans extend medal count to 27 in Rio

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tori Bowie is showing her true colors - bronze, silver and, now, gold.''This completes my set,'' the sprinter said after anchoring the U.S. team to the title in the women's 4x100-meter Olympic relay Friday.She's not the only one covered in medals. The United States heads into the final weekend of the Olympics with 27 medals in track and field, including 10 golds, and a legitimate shot to reach the coveted 30 mark.

  • The Latest: Rio detains 10 Australian athletes over passes

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:45 a.m.The Australia Associated Press says 10 Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for allegedly altering their Olympic credentials to improve their seats at the Australian men's semifinal basketball game against Serbia.

  • Donald Trump, Ryan Lochte and the politics of contrition

    August 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Add two fresh entries to the increasingly popular genre of non-apology apologies.In a span of 15 hours, politician Donald Trump and Olympian Ryan Lochte both coughed up carefully crafted words of contrition - each without fully owning up to exactly what he'd done wrong.

  • Bronze gone? Another race, another miscue for US relay team

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers were almost through parading the American flag around the track - celebrating a bronze medal of all things - when their names flashed on the big board, along with two letters: ''DQ.''The smiles - gone.

  • The Latest: Bolt celebrates by throwing the javelin - Really

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:45 a.m.How did Usain Bolt celebrate winning a ninth Olympic gold medal?He went into a darkened Olympic Stadium, surrounded by volunteers - and started throwing a javelin.

  • #Blackgirlmagic takes spotlight at Olympics

    August 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andrea Lawful-Sanders has a ritual for cheering the black heroines of the Summer Olympics.She gets into her corner of the living room, sets up her chair, demands silence before screaming at the top of her lungs, flails her body wildly and - in keeping with her Jamaican-American heritage - bangs pot covers together to celebrate victories.

  • After Bolt pep-talk, Cheruiyot finally gets her gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With one last chance for a gold medal in what's probably her last Olympics, Vivian Cheruiyot turned to - who else - Usain Bolt for a pre-race pep talk.Guess what? It worked.The Kenyan said she shared a few words with Bolt before her 5,000-meter final at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Then she ran down world champion and heavy favorite Almaz Ayana to win a long-awaited first Olympic title. She also set a new games record.

  • The Latest: Britain misses out on medal shot in track relay

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:30 a.m.Don't think the United States is the only squad with disqualification problems.Britain was thrown out of the 4x400 meter final for a bad changeover of the baton in the first heat. The British team protested the exclusion but it was denied.

  • Olympic divers deal with changing conditions at outdoor pool

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There was rain and wind, bright sunshine and gloomy clouds.Even green water.For the first time since 1992, Olympic diving was held in an outdoor facility, exposed to whatever elements - both natural and man-made - got thrown its way.

  • Another race, another miscue for US relay team

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers were almost through parading the American flag around the track - celebrating a bronze medal of all things - when their names flashed on the big board, along with two letters: ''DQ.''The smiles - gone.

  • Japan wins relay silver, relying on technique and teamwork

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was viewed almost as a race for Olympic silver, and Japan won.Undaunted despite running in the lane beside Usain Bolt, Aska Cambridge anchored the Japan relay team to an Olympic silver medal behind the mighty Jamaicans in an Asian record time of 37.60 on Friday night.

  • The Latest: Bolt's singular Olympic record: 9 races, 9 wins

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:40 p.m.Usain Bolt bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio Games - and likely the Olympics altogether - with yet another anchor leg for the ages.He turned a close 4x100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a never-a-doubt runaway, helping Jamaica cross the line in 37.27.

  • Gas station translator, swimmer disagree on gun pointing

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A man who helped translate conversations between Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, his teammates and armed security guards at a gas station says a gun wasn't pointed at them during the encounter.Fernando Deluz, a 38-year-old disc jockey, also said that Americans decided to pay for property they destroyed to avoid calling police.

  • France to play for 3rd Olympic gold in men's handball

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Daniel Narcisse came through for France, big time.Using his strength and acrobatic skill, Narcisse scored the winning goal in the last second to give France a 29-28 win over Germany and a spot in the Olympic men's handball final.

  • Mixed results in a duel night between the US and Jamaica

    August 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC set up Friday as duel night between the United States and Jamaica in the sprint relays, and what started out well ended up in heartbreak for the Americans.The American women were working on a second chance in the 4x100-meter relay. Bumped off course in a heat Thursday, they were given another opportunity to qualify by running against a clock. They succeeded, but heard whispers that they didn't deserve that chance.

  • Cheruiyot passes Ayana to win 5,000 in Olympic record

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hot favorite Almaz Ayana suddenly slumped in the final stages, allowing Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya to surge past and win the women's 5,000 meters in an Olympic record on Friday.That gave Cheruiyot revenge for her second-place finish behind the Ethiopian in the 10,000 meters a week ago.

  • In Bolt's shadow, US team keeps raking in medals

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In the shadow of mighty Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix achieved something unprecedented in women's track and field Friday by winning her fifth Olympic gold medal.And together with the rest of the 4x100-meter relay team, she brought the United States closer to its biggest medal haul in decades. The tally could have been higher, too, had the U.S. men's 4x100 team not been disqualified after finishing third in the subsequent final.

  • The Latest: Bolt gets triple-triple, US men DQed in relay

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:15 p.m.Usain Bolt has completed his triple-triple, anchoring the Jamaica 4x100-meter relay to victory in the final to ensure three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.

  • A sick Jenn Suhr can't defend title in Olympic pole vault

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The pole vault world-record holder was banned. The hometown favorite didn't make it through qualifying.It was all perfectly set up for Jenn Suhr to win another Olympic gold medal.It didn't happen.The American couldn't overcome a respiratory infection that left her dizzy, coughing up blood earlier in the day and throwing up twice near the pole vault area during the competition.

  • Anchor leg: Bolt gets gold No. 9 with another runaway win

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached to the ground and slapped the white number ''3'' painted at the finishing line.Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.

  • South Korea earns its 2nd gold in Olympic taekwondo in Rio

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The country that created taekwondo can still dominate.Oh Hye-ri won the women's 67-kilogram division at the Olympics on Friday, giving South Korea its second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Games.Oh beat top-seeded Haby Niare of France in the final. Although she didn't score until the second round, Oh quickly landed numerous head shots within about 30 seconds to win 13-12.

  • The Latest: US men's 4x100m relay team disqualified, again

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 p.m.DISQUALIFICATION ALERT: The U.S. men's relay has done it again, being disqualified after crossing the line in third place in the men's 4x100.Canada was elevated to third place on Friday in a national record 37.64 seconds.

  • The Latest: Jamaica wins 4x100 relay giving Bolt 9th gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt has completed his triple-triple, anchoring the Jamaica 4x100-meter relay to victory in the final to ensure three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.

  • The Latest: Greece's Stefanidi wins women's pole vault gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece has won the gold medal in the women's pole vault with a mark of 4.85 meters.Sandy Morris of the United States, silver medalist at the world indoors, took silver on a countback at the same mark and Eliza McCartney won the bronze in a New Zealand national record 4.80.

  • The Latest: Felix gets 5th Olympic gold after US women win

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 p.m.The U.S. women have retained the 4x100-meter relay title and helped Allyson Felix win her record fifth Olympic gold medal.The Americans, who needed to set a qualifying time in a solo rerun hours after dropping the baton in the preliminaries and getting a second chance on protest, won the final in 41.01 seconds.

  • The Latest: US women retain 4x100-meter relay title

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: The U.S. women have retained the 4x100-meter relay title and helped Allyson Felix win her record fifth Olympic gold medal.The Americans, who needed to set a qualifying time in a solo rerun hours after dropping the baton in the preliminaries and getting a second chance on protest, won Friday's final in 41.01 seconds.

  • Britain tops Netherlands, wins 1st women's field hockey gold

    August 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain was thoroughly outplayed, yet weathered everything the star-studded Netherlands team could muster.Somehow, the British escaped the onslaught and got to a shootout with the game tied at 3-3 after regulation. Maddie Hinch did not allow a goal in the shootout, and Hollie Webb scored the clincher for Britain to claim its first gold medal in women's field hockey.

  • Developments in the saga of the American swimmers in Brazil

    August 19, 2016

    A trashed bathroom. Seized passports. Shifting accounts in TV interviews and social media posts. An encounter with the Brazilian criminal justice system. The saga of American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates during the Rio Olympics has produced a head-spinning series of developments in Brazil and beyond. Here is the latest:

  • The Latest: Cheruiyot sets 5,000m Olympic record, wins gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Vivian Cheruiyot set an Olympic record to win gold in the 5,000 meters, coming from behind to beat favorite Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia.Cheruiyot went past Ayana with less than two laps to go and could not be caught as she finished in 14 minutes 26.17 seconds. Hellen Obiri of Kenya took silver 3.60 second behind.

  • The Latest: Jenn Suhr out of pole vault medal contention

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 p.m.UPSET ALERT: Jenn Suhr, the gold medalist at the London Olympics, is out of medal contention in the women's pole vault after failing to clear 4.70 meters. There were still six vaulters in the competition.

  • The Latest: Gunnar Bentz says he never lied about robbery

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 p.m.American swimmer Gunnar Bentz is back home, and he says he never lied about being robbed while out with teammates on the final night of Olympic swimming.

  • The Latest: US women qualify fastest for 4x400 relay final

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:35 p.m.Allyson Felix may get another chance at an Olympic gold medal, regardless of what happens in the 4x100-meter relay final, after the United States qualified fastest for Saturday's 4x400 relay final.

  • The Latest: US swimmer Feigen on his way home from Brazil

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 p.m.American swimmer James Feigen is on his way home from Brazil.The U.S. Olympic Committee says Feigen is on a flight that left Rio de Janeiro on Friday night.

  • Serbia beats Australia 87-61, plays US for men's hoops title

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serbia had a late last look against the U.S. and missed.The Serbs are getting another shot, this time for gold.Milos Teodosic scored 22 points as Serbia, which pushed the star-studded American squad to the final seconds before losing earlier in the Rio Games, moved into the Olympic final with a shockingly easy 87-61 semifinal win over Australia on Friday.

  • Esposito gets Olympic gold in women's modern pentathlon

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Chloe Esposito emerged from the tunnel into Deodoro Stadium, her bright, white teeth sparkling in the lights.The smile stuck with her on the long walk to the medal stand, through presentations of bronze and silver, and onto the top step.

  • Gas station translator says gun wasn't pointed at swimmers

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A man who helped translate conversations between Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, his teammates and armed security guards at a gas station says a gun wasn't pointed at them during the encounter.He also said that Americans decided to pay for property they destroyed to avoid calling police.

  • Tom Daley tops Chinese in platform prelims at Olympics

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain's Tom Daley topped the Chinese in the men's 10-meter platform diving preliminaries Friday, helped by the highest-scoring dive so far in eight events at the Rio Olympics.He totaled 571.85 points, earning 103.60 for his forward 4+ somersaults in the fourth round.

  • A lyrical ending to an Olympic soccer match

    August 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Done right, there's something lyrical about calling a soccer game, isn't there?''It's a corner kick for Sweden in the dying embers of the game,'' said NBC's Arlo White as the minutes ticked away in Germany's 2-1 gold medal victory over Sweden in women's Olympic soccer on Friday.

  • Column: More Olympic heartache for Gasol at hands of US

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The proud man looked over the heads of the gathered reporters and then wistfully at the exit. He spoke slowly.Pau Gasol sounded tired. You would, too, after pushing a rock up the hill four times and then helplessly watching it roll back down to the bottom. This time, which marked the end of Spain's dream of Olympic gold at the hands of Team USA yet again, the semifinal ended by a not-as-close-as-it-sounds 82-76.

  • UK leader says there will be 2 celebrations for Olympians

    August 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Britain's prime minister says there will be celebrations in London and in Manchester to mark the accomplishments of athletes taking part in the Olympics and the Paralympics.Theresa May's decision comes after cities outside the capital complained loudly that the capital was having all the fun despite the fact that competitors come from all over the country.

  • The Latest: Officials try to increase swimmer Feigen's fine

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8 p.m.Brazilian prosecutors made a last-ditch effort to increase the amount of money that American swimmer James Feigen pays before he leaves the country.

  • Serbian women chase gold, first women's volleyball medal

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tijana Boskovic covered her face and cried for joy in the aftermath of her team's thrilling semifinal upset of the top-ranked Americans, overcome by the improbable accomplishment for a country that has never been among the world volleyball powers.

  • Neid goes out with gold as Germany defeats Sweden 2-1

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With her arms raised in victory, coach Silvia Neid ran onto the field to join the celebration of Germany's first Olympic gold medal - even jumping onto the players' dogpile.What a way to go out.Dzsenifer Marozsan scored early in the second half Friday and Germany went on to give Neid a 2-1 victory over Sweden for the nation's first Olympic title in women's soccer.

  • US beats Italy for Olympic gold in women's water polo

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ashleigh Johnson and KK Clark joined a couple of Brazilian dancers for a samba lesson. Maggie Steffens grabbed an American flag for the party on the pool deck. One by one, the players draped their gold medals around the neck of grieving coach Adam Krikorian.

  • The Latest: Daley leads men's 10m platform diving qualifiers

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:40 p.m.Tom Daley of Britain is the leading qualifier after the men's 10-meter platform diving preliminaries.He totaled 474.65 points over six rounds Friday night, getting a perfect 10 for his fifth dive, a forward reverse 3 + somersault. Daley earned bronze four years ago in London.

  • The Latest: Germany has first women's soccer Olympic gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Germany has defeated Sweden 2-1 to win the women's soccer gold medal for the first time.Germany opened the scoring with a goal by Dzsenifer Marozsan in the 48th minute and added to the lead with an own goal by Swedish defender Linda Sembrant in the 62nd.

  • The Latest: Brazil returns Feigen's passport after fine paid

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:20 p.m.A Brazilian court says that the passport of American swimmer James Feigen has been returned after he made a payment of approximately ,800 for falsely reporting a crime.

  • IOC's Hickey moved to Rio prison in ticket-scalping case

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) European Olympic head Patrick Hickey of Ireland is spending the closing days of the Rio Games in a prison after his arrest in a ticket-scalping scandal, authorities said Friday.The 71-year-old International Olympic Committee executive was denied bail after his legal team argued unsuccessfully that he was being detained illegally following his early-morning arrest Wednesday at his hotel.

  • The Latest: Britain wins upset for women's field hockey gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-UPSET: Britain stunned the top-ranked Netherlands in a shootout to win its first-ever gold medal in women's field hockey.The Netherlands was trying to become the first nation to win three consecutive gold medals on the women's side Friday night.

  • The Latest: Australia's Esposito captures gold in pentathlon

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Australia's Chloe Esposito has captured gold in women's pentathlon after starting the final segment fourth.(Corrects item to show Esposito started the final segment fourth.)

  • The Latest: Germany, Sweden 0-0 at women's soccer final half

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:25 p.m.Germany and Sweden were tied 0-0 at halftime of the women's soccer final at the Maracana Stadium.Both teams had a few good chances to score but couldn't capitalize.

  • Volleyball classic: US men lose 5-set semifinal to Italy

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Max Holt did a little bit of everything. At the net, digging balls from just off the floor, finishing points with big, leaping swings.He and David Lee stuffed the Italians with stellar blocking. Setter Micah Christenson contributed his own blocks and even a kill to end the third set. Matt Anderson, Aaron Russell and Taylor Sander provided power hitting from every corner.

  • At Olympics, Rio draws a line when snack comes under attack

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As the Olympic whirlwind sweeps through Rio and brings with it disapproval of everything from shoddy construction to water pollution, residents are drawing a line in the sand. Nobody better attack their favorite snack.They are called Biscoito Globo, and they're more than just a snack in Rio. They are a symbol of local pride.

  • The Latest: IOC commission to investigate Lochte, teammates

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:55 p.m.The International Olympic Committee has set up a disciplinary commission to investigate the incident involving Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates at a Rio de Janeiro gas station.

  • Russia stripped of 2008 women's relay medal in doping case

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia was stripped of another track-and-field medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Friday after three athletes were retroactively caught in drug tests, the latest blow to a country reeling from scandals over widespread doping.

  • The Latest: Georgian wrestler wins gold in men's 57-kilogram

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Georgia wrestler Vladimer Khinchegashvili has won the 57-kilogram gold medal in the men's freestyle tournament.Khinchegashvili scored the final point to beat Japan's Rei Higuchi 3-3 on criteria on Saturday.

  • Column: Lochte's apology is about as real as his story

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ryan Lochte's apology was about as real as his story.How can you tell? There wasn't a ''dude,'' ''brah'' or ''jeah'' anywhere in it.No ''bogus,'' either, and that's a word Lochte really knows something about.Some All-American hero Lochte turned out to be. John Wayne in Brazil, minus the white horse to ride into the sunrise on.

  • Got data? The geek behind US women's volleyball does

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In a scouting booth high above the court, his fingers flying across the keyboard a mile a minute, Joe Trinsey punches in every touch of every point in an Olympic women's volleyball match between Argentina and South Korea.Before the night's first serve, the Americans' technical coordinator skips down a few stairs and adjusts a tiny camera that gives him the match feed on his laptop. He slaps hands with China's technical chief, Lingxi Yuan.

  • US beats Spain 82-76 in men's basketball, will play for gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gone was the all-offense, all-action play that turned the last two gold-medal games into classics.To get by Spain again, the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team would have to win ugly, so unusual it's practically un-American.''It was just a real different game today,'' coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

  • The Latest: US men to vie for 3rd-straight basketball gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:35 p.m.The U.S. men's basketball team has advanced to its third-straight Olympic gold-medal game, beating Spain 82-76 on Friday.Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Americans, who will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for their third-consecutive Olympic title.

  • Park takes 2-shot lead into final round at Olympics

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Inbee Park was in the 16th fairway, only 50 yards from the hole, and couldn't imagine a worse spot to be.She already had lost a three-shot lead in gusts up to 30 mph Saturday at Olympic Golf Course. And now she faced a shot that would punish anything just a little long or a little left. The safe play was the middle of the green and get out of there with a par.

  • US men's basketball beats Spain 82-76, will play for gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. men's basketball team has advanced to its third straight Olympic gold-medal game, beating Spain 82-76 on Friday.Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Americans, who will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for their third consecutive Olympic title.

  • Skelton wins Britain's 1st gold in individual jumping at 58

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nick Skelton of Britain has a metal left hip, once broke his neck and his back aches so much that he needs a stepladder to mount his horse, Big Star.On Friday, all the pain and years finally paid off in gold in his seventh Olympics.

  • Liu Hong slips past Gonzalez to win gold in women's walk

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After missing out on an Olympic medal with fourth-place finishes in both Beijing and London, Liu Hong of China won the gold medal in the women's 20-kilometer walk Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.''It means a lot to me. I have been doing this sport for more than 10 years now,'' said the 29-year-old Hong, who made her move about 100 meters from the finish line to beat Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez.

  • Deeper 'major budget cuts' enforced on Paralympics in Rio

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympics will go ahead in Rio next month but organizers said Friday that deep budget cuts mean a venue will close down, facilities will be dismantled and the workforce will be reduced.Poor ticket sales have compounded existing financial challenges in recession-battered Brazil which have already impacted operations at the Olympics, which close Sunday.

  • US beats Italy for Olympic gold in women's water polo final

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ashleigh Johnson made nine saves, Kiley Neushul scored three goals on four shots and the United States routed Italy 12-5 on Friday for its second straight Olympic gold medal in women's water polo.Makenzie Fischer and Rachel Fattal each had two goals for the Americans, who stretched their win streak to 22 games with their sixth victory in Rio de Janeiro by a combined score of 73-32.

  • Ramirez-Stevenson Olympic final could be boxing classic

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The two most successful nations in Olympic boxing history somehow haven't faced each other with a gold medal on the line in 20 years.U.S. bantamweight Shakur Stevenson and Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez will end that drought Saturday in a fight that could resonate through boxing for years.

  • The Latest: US women win 22nd straight for water polo gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: The U.S. women's water polo team is golden again.Ashleigh Johnson made nine saves and Kiley Neushul scored three times, helping the United States beat Italy 12-5 in the Olympic final. The Americans stretched their win streak to 22 games with their sixth victory in Rio by a combined score of 73-32.

  • The Latest: China's Lui Hong wins gold medal in race walking

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Lui Hong of China made her move about 100 meters from the finish line, edging Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico for the gold medal in the women's 20-kilometer race walk Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Pajon defends women's Olympic BMX gold, Fields wins for US

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mariana Pajon of Colombia raised her BMX bike triumphantly in the air, another Olympic gold medal securely in hand.Minutes later, American rider Connor Fields fell to his knees after crossing the finish line first in the men's final.

  • Upon further review: Ryan Lochte thinks things over

    August 19, 2016

    You know that story?What was it I said?Oh, yeah, a taxi,A gun at my head.Some guys with badgesWho didn't mean well.They took my walletBut they left my cell.I gave that account,There for all to see,Plus an exclusiveShown by NBC.But here's what I think

  • Bolt says this is goodbye; Lochte says he's sorry

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. men's basketball team just got by Spain on Friday, hours before another Olympic juggernaut, Usain Bolt, says his goodbye at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Bolt will appear in what he has insisted will be his final Olympic race. He'll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4x100 relay finals. Bolt led the Jamaicans to the top of the podium in the event in Beijing and again in London.

  • Rio's mayor is back; prepares for flag handover to Tokyo

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes is back.The face of the Rio Olympics, Paes has shied away from the cameras since the opening ceremony. But he was back in view on Friday, bowing to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who arrived wearing a white kimono for a meeting with her Rio counterpart.

  • Brazilian politicians skip Olympics amid bad mood of country

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympics are normally a prime place for politicians to schmooze, tout their work and bask in the limelight in hopes of boosting popularity or gearing up for a re-election bid.But a presidential impeachment trial and widespread anger over corruption and a tanking economy are making for strange times in Brazil. Top politicians have stayed away from Olympic venues and stayed mostly silent on social media.

  • The Latest: US ends gold medal BMX drought with Fields win

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: The United States has ended its gold medal drought in BMX cycling after Connor Fields took the men's final.Fields won with a time of 34.622 seconds, beating the Netherlands' Jelle van Gorkom by .684 seconds. It's the first time that Team USA has won BMX since the American-born action sport became an Olympic medal event in 2008. The United States also returned to the podium after getting shut out in 2012 in London.

  • The Latest: Britain's Skelton wins 6-person jump-off, gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Nick Skelton has won Great Britain's first gold medal in individual jumping after a six-person jump-off.The 58-year-old Skelton also won a gold medal in the 2012 London Games in the team event. He turned in his third clean round of the day on Big Star to hold off the event's past two gold medalists. Skelton went first and finished the jump-off round Friday afternoon with a time of 42.82 seconds.

  • Message from new Olympic champ to Russia: Don't dope

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Message to Russia from race walking's new Olympic champion: You'd be welcomed back, but dope-free.After victory in the longest athletics event at the Rio Games, the men's 50-kilometer race walk, Matej Toth of Slovakia said Russia deserved the ban that kept all its track and field athletes, bar a long jumper who failed to medal, out of the Olympics because of systematic, state-sanctioned doping.

  • Canada wins women's soccer bronze with 2-1 win over Brazil

    August 19, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Christine Sinclair had struggled recently with the death of her father. So when she was given her bronze medal at the Olympics on Friday, the Canadian star immediately thought of him.''I love you dad,'' she said.Sinclair scored in her 250th international match and Canada returned to the Olympic podium with a 2-1 victory over host Brazil for the women's soccer bronze medal.

  • The Latest: Canada defeats Brazil for women's soccer bronze

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Christine Sinclair scored in her 250th international match and Canada returned to the Olympic podium with a 2-1 victory over hosts Brazil for the women's soccer bronze medal.

  • The Latest: American Jenn Suhr still sick pole vault final

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:55 p.m.American Jenn Suhr's biggest challenge in the Olympic pole vault final may be her own health.Her husband and coach Rick Suhr said Friday the defending champion remains sick and was ''coughing up blood.''

  • Triathlon's popularity took off with Olympics

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The reasons for triathlon's burgeoning appeal are as varied as the sport itself.-Fitness freaks looking for a new challenge.-Millennials wanting something to hold both their interest and youthful physique.-Gen Xers coaxed in by NBC's annual Ironman competition in Hawaii.

  • Russian mastery in synchronized swimming yields double gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia's dominance of synchronized swimming remains unchallenged after it captured the team gold Friday to preserve a 16-year winning streak.Russia has won every Olympic gold medal on offer in the sport since 2000 and Friday's victory was never in doubt. A near-perfect score in the free routine meant none of the other competitors could possibly match the Russians' total, allowing them to begin the celebrations early.

  • The Latest: Canada leads Brazil 2-0 in women's soccer

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 p.m.Canada is leading host Brazil 2-0 in the women's soccer bronze-medal match in Sao Paulo.Deanne Rose, the youngest player on Canada's roster at 17, scored in the 25th minute on Friday. The team scored again early in the second half.

  • Russia tops Hungary for Olympic bronze in women's water polo

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia is bringing home its first Olympic women's water polo medal since 2000. And it comes with quite the story.Anastasia Simanovich scored a tying power-play goal with one second left in regulation and Anna Karnaukh denied Hungary's Hanna Kisteleki in the seventh round of penalty shots, giving Russia a wild 19-18 win in the bronze-medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Friday.

  • US Olympic gold hasn't made for winning bets in Las Vegas

    August 19, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Rowing, shooting and judo - the U.S. may have won big gold medals in those Olympic events but some of the most prominent Las Vegas sports books didn't even bother with them.The bookmakers in Sin City said there's been little money and few expectations for Olympic sports wagering this year, as the games returned to the betting board after being off limits for more than a decade in Nevada.

  • The Latest: World-record holder Russian pole vaulter retires

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2 p.m.Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole-vault world record holder, says she is retiring from competing in the sport.Isinbayeva was prevented from seeking a third Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro after the IAAF banned all but one Russian track and field athlete from the games over their country's state-sponsored doping scandal.

  • Pole vault record holder Isinbayeva retires from competing

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Yelena Isinbayeva walked away from competing but not from her sport on Friday.The women's pole vault world record holder announced her retirement as she focuses on a new career in sports politics and considers an offer to lead Russian track and field.

  • US badminton players work to reverse the "backyard curse"

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mention to a badminton superfan the widespread American view that the sport is mostly a backyard lark and watch the steam come out of their ears.They find it inconceivable that anyone, even Americans steeped in football and basketball, could mistake badminton for anything other than a complex, endlessly fascinating symphony of power, agility and speed.

  • The Latest: Russian women breaks pentathlon swimming record

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:30 p.m.Russia's Gulnaz Gubaydullina has broken the swimming record in women's pentathlon.Gubaydullina completed the 200-meter race on Friday in 2 minutes, 07.94 records, breaking the record of 2:08.20 by Hungary's Sarolta Kovacs at the 2012 London Games.

  • Paralympics faces 'major budget cuts' for Rio Games

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Paralympics will go ahead next month despite being forced to implement further ''major budget cuts'' to the games in Rio de Janeiro.Poor ticket sales have compounded existing financial challenges in recession-battered Brazil which have been impacting the Olympics, which closes Sunday.

  • The Latest: Russia has synchronized swimming team event gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russia has earned synchronized swimming gold in the team event at the Rio Olympics.The Russian free routine, performed in angel costumes to the sound of dramatic string music, earned a near-perfect score of 99.1333 for a total of 196.1439.

  • The Latest:Marin wins Badminton gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---12:35 p.m.Carolina Marin of Spain has beaten P.V. Sindhu of India to take gold in women's singles badminton.Her victory Friday signals a clear end to China's previous lock on Olympic badminton power. Marin fell face first on the court, then kneeled and wept after her 2-1 victory.

  • Taekwondo grudge match in Rio off after surprising loss

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The taekwondo grudge match that was supposed to happen at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will not come off.British-born Aaron Cook, who now fights for Moldova, had been hoping for a chance to prove to British officials that they were wrong for refusing to pick him for the London Olympics.

  • The Latest: Carolina Marin of Spain wins badminton gold.

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:35 p.m.Carolina Marin of Spain has beaten P.V. Sindhu of India to take gold in women's singles badminton.Her victory Friday signals a clear end to China's previous lock on Olympic badminton power. Marin fell face first on the court, then kneeled and wept after her 2-1 victory.

  • Ice cream shop scooping up the taste of Olympic gold

    August 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) A Maryland ice cream shop is giving patrons a taste of Olympic gold.Baltimore's The Charmery created a flavor in honor of swimmer Michael Phelps' 23 Olympic gold medals. The shop started serving the limited-edition flavor Phelps Phlapjack Gold this week. The chocolate chip pancake-flavored ice cream was made using pancakes from Pete's Grille. It's a breakfast the Maryland-born Phelps has been known to eat. Charmery co-owner David Alima says they also added maple syrup, butter, chocolate chips and golden marshmallow swirl to the mix.

  • The Latest: Cook falls early in Taekwondo failure

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 p.m.British-born Aaron Cook, now fighting for Moldova, has been knocked out of gold medal contention at the taekwondo competition at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

  • Matej Toth gets Olympic gold to go with world title.

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matej Toth now has Olympic gold to go with his world title.With a late surge past Australian Jared Tallent, the Slovakian won the longest athletics event at the Rio Games, the men's 50-kilometer race walk.Tallent again finished in second place, but at least this time it wasn't behind a Russian dope cheat, as was the case at the 2012 London Olympics - a stolen gold medal subsequently redistributed to Tallent nearly four years late. The Russians weren't welcome this time, and no one seemed to miss them. With the exception of a long jumper, its entire Russian track and field team was barred followed revelations of state-sanctioned doping.

  • The Latest: Text of Ryan Lochte's apology

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:55 a.m.U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology Friday morning about an incident that occurred early Sunday at the Rio Olympics. Lochte initially said he and three teammates had been robbed at gunpoint, but Rio police discounted that on Thursday and instead said the swimmers vandalized a gas station bathroom and then paid some guards before leaving. Following is the full text of Lochte's statement, posted to his Instagram account.

  • The Latest: Lydia Ko back among the Olympic leaders

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:45 a.m.It took eight holes - and a hole-in-one - for Lydia Ko to get right back in the mix at Olympic Golf Course.Ko made her ace on the par-3 eighth hole, and along with three birdies earlier in the round, the world No. 1 suddenly was just three shots behind.

  • IOC member Hickey moved to Rio prison during ticket probe

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) European Olympic head Patrick Hickey of Ireland has been transferred to a prison in the closing days of the Rio Games while under investigation in a ticket-scalping scandal, authorities said Friday.The 71-year-old International Olympic Committee executive was denied bail after his legal team argued unsuccessfully that he was being detained illegally following his early-morning arrest Wednesday at his hotel.

  • The Latest: IOC official Hickey transferred to prison

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:30 a.m.Brazilian police say International Olympic Committee executive Patrick Hickey has been transferred to prison while under investigation in a ticket scalping scandal.

  • The Latest: Lochte apologizes for not being candid in Rio

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20 a.m.U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding a late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more careful and candid about how he described what happened.

  • The Latest: Toyota sponsors Olympic Channel

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:15 a.m.Toyota has become the second global sponsor of the new Olympic Channel.The IOC says Toyota signed a four-year deal as a ''founding partner'' of the channel through the 2020 Tokyo Games. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Brazil dismisses feeling of revenge in final vs Germany

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilians know the 7-1 loss to Germany's senior team at the World Cup will never be forgotten. That doesn't mean that defeating the rivals in the Olympic final wouldn't have a special sweetness.Two years after the humiliating home defeat, Brazil faces Germany's under-23 team on Saturday with a chance to win the soccer gold medal for the first time.

  • The Latest: Race walker Diniz runs into problems

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 a.m.Drama, yes, drama, in the men's 50-kilometer walk at the Rio Games, with world record holder Yohann Diniz keeling over after 35K, stricken by apparent stomach problems having built up a commanding early lead.

  • The Latest: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei beats Olympic champ

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 a.m.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei has beaten two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China in Olympic Badminton, avenging his last two losses to Lin in the Olympic finals.

  • The Latest: At 5th games, Lopez wins first fight

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 a.m.American Steven Lopez is through to the quarterfinals of the taekwondo competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after winning his first-round fight against Albert Gaun of Russia.

  • The Latest: Bolt insists 4x100 relay to be last Olympic race

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:50 a.m.On Day 14 of the Rio Games, Usain Bolt says he will be running in his last Olympic race.The astonishing Jamaican sprinter and teammates are the favorites in the men's 4x100 relay. Seven gold medals are up for grabs Friday in track and field, out of 22 overall in Rio. The American women seek a win in the 4x100 relay and U.S. pole vaulter Jenn Suhr tries to defend her title.

  • The Latest: US swimmer Feigen to pay ,800, leave Brazil

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:25 a.m.The lawyer for U.S. Olympic swimmer James Feigen says he will pay about ,800 Friday and then leave Brazil following the robbery scandal involving the U.S. swim team.

  • The Latest: Spain stands in the way of US basketball team

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 a.m.Spain was always going to be in the way of the U.S. men's basketball team at the Rio Olympics - whether it was playing for the gold medal, as they had in the last two Olympics, or just for the chance to get into the gold medal round.

  • The Latest: Penalty-kicking Swedes face Germany for Rio gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:20 a.m.Germany had better hope that the women's Olympic soccer final Friday against Sweden doesn't come down to penalty kicks.The Swedish team is getting a reputation as a giant-killer in Rio. While many figured that the World Cup champion U.S. team would be cruising to its fourth straight Olympic gold, Sweden beat them on penalty kicks.

  • The Latest: Magical day for Brazil on the beach and water

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 a.m.Brazilians adore the beach and the water - so nothing could be better for the Olympic host than picking up its latest two golds at those venues.The men's volleyball team of Alison and Bruno set off a boisterous celebration in the rain on Rio's Copacabana Beach when they won, and had to hold back tears as compatriots belted out the national anthem next to the crashing surf.

  • Before football careers, many NFL stars excelled at track

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has a unique perspective on Usain Bolt, who further burnished his credentials at the Rio Olympics as the greatest sprinter in history.Ginn competed against the Jamaican when their 4x100-meter relay teams squared off in high school at the prestigious Penn Relays.

  • Crouser, Kovacs finish 1-2 in Olympic shot put

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) One came from a family filled with top-notch throwers. The other learned from his mom by using any heavy object that felt something like a shot put.Both paths led to the same place - an Olympic medal.Ryan Crouser captured gold with an Olympic-record throw of 22.52 meters Thursday night to hold off U.S. teammate and favorite Joe Kovacs in the shot put final. It's the first time since 1996 the U.S. has finished 1-2 in the event and gives the Americans 25 medals in track and field in Rio, including nine gold.

  • Durant gives US men's hoop team needed jolt in Rio Games

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The words, scrawled in marker on the tops of his sneakers, remind Kevin Durant why he started playing basketball in the first place.Even in the Olympics, it's just a game.On his left sneaker, Durant scribbled, ''Have Fun.'' On the right one, ''Smile.''

  • And they're off! A strong start can give BMX racers an edge

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In the unpredictable sport of BMX cycling, where races last just about 40 seconds, a strong start means a lot.Get to the front after the first turn, and there's a good chance a rider will be able to avoid the kind of wreck-filled chaos that marked the action in the men's quarterfinal round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on a breezy afternoon.

  • Neid's last match as German's coach is for the gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Coach Silvia Neid's final match as coach of Germany will be for the gold medal at the Rio Games.Quite a way to cap an illustrious coaching career.''What could be nicer than to have your last game with your team here, as a team coach playing for the gold medal in this fantastic stadium,'' Neid said. ''There is nothing nicer that I could imagine.''

  • US top assistant Matt Fuerbringer gets his Olympics at last

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matt Fuerbringer watches intently during warmups, first with hands on hips before he briefly crosses his arms then immediately moves them behind his back. After that, it's a thumbs-up to four-time Olympian Reid Priddy and a high-five with David Lee.

  • Brazil wins beach volleyball gold medal in rain

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Alison and Bruno stood on the top step of the Olympic podium, holding back tears as the booming voices of the Carioca singing the Brazilian national anthem rose above the waves crashing against Copacabana beach.''In front of our people. In the best spot for this sport,'' Bruno said after the reigning world champions beat Italy in straight sets in the beach volleyball gold medal match on Thursday night. ''This is a magical feeling.''

  • AP INTERVIEW: Ricky Rubio opens up about loss of his mother

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There are few things in this world Ricky Rubio loves more than basketball, the electricity he feels when he's on the fastbreak, teammates running with him and a no-look lob pass just begging to be thrown.His mother, Tona, was certainly one of them.

  • The Latest: Brazil rally to win men's beach volleyball gold

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:05 a.m.Brazil's Alison and Bruno won the men's beach volleyball gold medal Thursday night, rallying from deficits in both sets to beat Italy in a steady rain.

  • The Latest: Brazil men top Italy for beach volleyball gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: Brazil wins men's beach volleyball gold medal, beating Italy.---12:35 a.m.His three-peat complete, Usain Bolt is once again insisting this will be his final Olympics.

  • High standards: Bolt wins gold again, but misses record

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt tilted his head backward and screamed. He plaintively raised his palms to the sky, tugged hard on his shirt, then angrily ripped the No. 6 sticker off his right hip.It had the look of an unthinkable loss in the Olympic 200 meters.

  • The Latest: Bolt insists Rio Games are his last Olympics

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:35 p.m.His three-peat complete, Usain Bolt is once again insisting this will be his final Olympics.Bolt won the 200-meters for the third consecutive time on Thursday, a feat he says proves to the world he's the greatest. The Jamaican sprinter says he has nothing left to prove in his career.

  • Who's the star of Olympics show? No question.

    August 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) It was a terrific night for American track athletes in Rio. Ashton Eaton won his second straight decathlon title, Ryan Crouser set an Olympic record in the shot put, Dalilah Muhammad became the first American woman ever to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles and Kerron Clement won the same race for men.

  • Jones defends taekwondo title; Abughaush gives Jordan a 1st

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain's defending taekwondo champion Jade Jones hung onto her title. Jordan's Ahmad Abughaush gave his country its first Olympic medal with a surprising run to the gold.In an action-packed fight Thursday, the top-ranked Jones used an almost continual stream of aggressive attacks that Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez was unable to counter in the women's 57-kilogram division at the Rio Games. Jones won 16-7. Jones scored two head kicks within seconds of each other during the first round for an early lead that she never relinquished.

  • Eaton defends his decathlon title, equals the Olympic record

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Deep in the second day of the decathlon, a rare hint of vulnerability from Ashton Eaton gave his rivals an unlikely glimmer of hope.The man known as the world's greatest all-around athlete had failed twice at a low height in the pole vault and faced a final attempt in the scorching afternoon sun at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday. His wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who had already won Olympic heptathlon bronze for Canada, was looking on anxiously, doubting there could be any crack in his composure.

  • The Latest: USA Swimming considers penalties in Lochte case

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 a.m.USA Swimming says ''a lapse in judgment and conduct'' are to blame for the robbery debacle surrounding four members of the American swim team.Executive Director Chuck Wielgus says in a statement that the group will review the swimmers' actions and consider penalties under its code of conduct.

  • Bolt grabs another gold as Lochte saga consumes Rio Games

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different reasons.Bolt completed an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints, an accomplishment that further elevated his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history. He won the 200-meter race with a time of 19.78 seconds to defeat Andre de Grasse of Canada. He already claimed gold in the 100 in Rio.

  • The Latest: USOC apologizes for 'distracting' Lochte debacle

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:35 p.m.The United States Olympic Committee is apologizing for the ''distracting ordeal'' involving four Olympic swimmers.Brazilian police have said Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates were not robbed, and instead vandalized a gas station bathroom. Lochte had said earlier this week they were held up at gunpoint after a night of partying.

  • Russia stops Norway's three-peat bid in women's handball

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The three-peat is officially off for Norway in women's handball.Widely considered the world's best team, Norway's charge for a third consecutive Olympic gold ended abruptly in the semifinals Thursday with a 38-37 loss to Russia in extra time after a thrilling and bruising game.

  • Ashton Eaton ties Olympic record, but it's Bolt's show again

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ashton Eaton retained his title as the best all-around athlete in the world by tying the decathlon Olympic record in Rio de Janeiro - but within minutes, track and field's ultimate superstar took back the center stage again.What more could the now two-time Olympic champion Eaton do Thursday night to get just a little sliver of the limelight that beams so brightly on Usain Bolt?

  • The Latest: Jordan's 1st Olympic medal is taekwondo gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abughaush has won gold and Jordan's first-ever Olympic medal.The 20-year-old wrapped up a surprising day of upsets at the Rio Games by defeating Russia's Alexey Denisenko in a Thursday night 68-kilogram division final, during which Abughaush landed several jumping head shots that elicited gasps from the audience. Abughaush beat Denisenko 10-6.

  • Defending Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones keeps title

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain's defending Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones has hung onto her title after defeating Spain's Eva Calvo Gomez in the final of the women's 57-kilogram division at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday.In an action-packed fight, the top-ranked Jones used an almost continual stream of aggressive attacks that Gomez was unable to counter. Jones won 16-7. Jones scored two head kicks within seconds of each other during the first round for an early lead that she never relinquished.

  • Bolt takes Olympic 200 but comes short of record

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt tilted his head backward and screamed. He plaintively raised his palms to the sky, tugged hard on his shirt, then angrily ripped the No. 6 sticker off his right hip.It had the look of an unthinkable loss in the Olympic 200 meters.

  • The Latest: Bolt wins 200m gold in slower-than-hoped finish

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:50 p.m.Usain Bolt won the 200 meters to complete the sprint double at a third straight Olympics, but seemed unimpressed with his performance.Bolt wanted to lower his world record of 19.19 seconds but the light drizzle at Olympic Stadium contributed to a slightly slower winning time of 19.78 in the final. After he crossed the finish line he slapped his leg.

  • Argentina's first men's Olympic field hockey medal is gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For a few hours Thursday evening, Argentina seemed to have annexed an acre of blue turf on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.Attracted by the prospect of seeing the men's field hockey team win a first Olympic field hockey gold medal, hundreds of Argentines flocked to Deodoro Park and turned it into a raucous downtown Buenos Aires-like scene.

  • The Latest: Usain Bolt wins 3rd straight gold medal in 200m

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt has won the 200 meters to complete the sprint double at a third straight Olympics.Bolt wanted to lower his world record of 19.19 seconds but the light drizzle at Olympic Stadium on Thursday contributed to a slightly slower winning time of 19.78.

  • The Latest: American Dalilah Muhammad wins 400m hurdles gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Dalilah Muhammad of the United States went out hard and held on strong to win the women's 400-meter hurdles gold medal in 53.13 seconds.

  • Eaton ties Olympic record, US gets 1-2 in the shot put

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ashton Eaton retained his title by tying the Olympic record in the decathlon, Ryan Crouser led an American one-two in the shot put with a new games record, and Kerron Clement delivered another gold for the United States in the 400 hurdles.

  • The Latest: American Ashton Eaton wins decathlon gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ashton Eaton has defended his Olympic decathlon title, equaling the games record with a surge on the last lap of the 1,500 meters - the last event in the two-day competition.

  • The Latest: 2 US swimmers check into flight leaving Brazil

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:05 p.m.American swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have checked in for a flight leaving Brazil after testifying about claims they were robbed after a late night of partying.

  • The Latest: Semenya coasts to first in 800 meters qualifying

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 p.m.Gold-medal favorite Caster Semenya kept plenty in reserve in the semifinals of the women's 800 meters and still posted the fastest of the qualifying times in 1 minute, 58.15 seconds.

  • The Latest: Crouser, Kovacs win shot put gold, silver for US

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ryan Crouser won the shot put gold medal with an Olympic record 22.52 meters, leading world champion Joe Kovacs in a 1-2 finish for the United States.

  • Ratings sink for NBC as star power dims

    August 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) With star power dimmed, the audience for NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage sank to its lowest level of the Rio de Janeiro games on Wednesday night by one measure.The Nielsen company said 20.7 million people watched NBC, with the number rising to 22.1 million when cable viewership and online streaming during the same time slot is added. The NBC-only viewership was slightly lower, at 20.6 million, on the first night of competition on Aug. 6, but adding in the additional Olympic content on other sources brought the total to 23.5 million.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Friday

    August 19, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):TRACK AND FIELDA day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Usain Bolt will appear in what he's said will be his final Olympic race. He'll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4x100 relay finals at 10:35 p.m. Bolt and Jamaica won the event in Beijing and in London, where the team set the world and Olympic records.

  • The Latest: US in 6th-straight women's basketball final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:55 p.m.The U.S. will be playing for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball after beating France 86-67, the closest contest of the Rio Games for the Americans.

  • US beats France 86-67, advances to women's basketball final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's rare to see the U.S. women's basketball team struggle during the Olympics. Then again, they've had Sue Bird running the show for over a decade.With the starting point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Americans were out of sorts for a half before finally getting it together to pull away from France in an 86-67 win in the semifinals Thursday night. Now they're back in the Olympic final once again, one victory away from a sixth consecutive gold medal.

  • The Latest: Eaton's lead slims going into decathlon's 1500m

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:35 p.m.Kevin Mayer of France is creeping up on decathlon leader Ashton Eaton with only the closing 1,500 meters left to go.Mayer threw 65.04 meters with the javelin Thursday while defending champion Eaton did not do better than 59.77, a poor performance by his standards. It meant that the American goes into the closing 1,500 meters with a lead of only 44 points.

  • Brazilians cap Olympic sailing regatta with dramatic gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Oh, what a golden finish it was for Brazil in the Rio Olympics sailing regatta.Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze sent their fellow Brazilians into a frenzy on Flamengo Beach on Thursday after holding off the New Zealand crew by two seconds to win the gold medal in the women's 49erFX class, which was making its Olympic debut.

  • Column: What would 'Lyin' Ryan' Lochte do? Run away

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) To hear Ryan Lochte tell the story, at least the first time, he unflinchingly stared down the barrel of a gun during a holdup while his teammates cowered on the ground. By the time he was done with the retelling, the fake cops and the gun pointed at his head were gone, and the scene of the crime was a gas station instead of a taxi.

  • USA's Maroulis tops 3-time women's wrestling champ Yoshida

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It took a moment for Helen Maroulis' accomplishment to sink in.The American defeated Japan's Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for a United States women's wrestler and derail Yoshida's quest for a fourth straight gold. It evoked memories of American Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner's victory over three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Karelin at the 2000 Olympics.

  • Relay rerun: Bobble leads to strange day for US women

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) All by themselves on the massive track, the four U.S. women took their positions in Lane 2.Tianna Bartoletta kneeled into the blocks and waited for the starter's pistol. It sounded and away she went - alone - in a first-of-its-kind Olympic relay race against the clock.

  • The Latest: Rapinoe criticizes Solo's 'cowards' comment

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:45 p.m.American soccer player Megan Rapinoe is criticizing teammate Hope Solo's comments after the U.S. team lost to Sweden in the Rio Games.Solo called the Swedes ''a bunch of cowards'' for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.

  • Serbia to play Croatia for Olympic gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serbia's rough start to the Olympics seems like a long time ago now. Filip Filipovic and company are headed to the men's water polo final, and they got a little revenge along the way.Filipovic, Andrija Prlainovic and Slobodan Nikic scored two goals apiece, and Serbia shut down Italy for a 10-8 victory in the semifinals on Thursday.

  • The Latest: US women make mot of rerun, into 4x100 relay

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:20 p.m.The U.S. team made the most of its second chance to qualify for the women's 4x100-meter relay final, recording the fastest time of the day in a solo re-run before the night session began.

  • Clement gets gold, US women's relay team grabs 2nd chance

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kerron Clement delivered another gold for the U.S. on Thursday after the ''awesome hour'' of the night before and the women's 4x100-meter relay team ran alone in a race that looked just like a practice session, just with one mighty difference: A place in the Olympic final was on the line.

  • Rapinoe hits at Solo calling Sweden cowards.

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Megan Rapinoe, one of U.S. women's most senior soccer players, has criticized Hope Solo's disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics.Solo called the Swedes ''a bunch of cowards'' for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.

  • The Latest: 2 US swimmers give testimony to Brazilian police

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7 p.m.Two American swimmers have given testimony to Brazilian authorities after Ryan Lochte and some of the athletes claimed they were victims of an armed robbery.

  • As expected, US men's basketball finds Spain on road to gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. men's basketball team expected this.Whether it was for the gold medal, as in the last two Olympics, or just along the road to gold, the Americans figured they would see the Spanish again.''No doubt in my mind,'' Kevin Durant said.

  • 2 Aussie swimmers disciplined after night out in Copacabana

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two Australian swimmers were disciplined by their country's Olympic committee for failing to return to the athletes village or tell team officials where they were during a night out in Copacabana.Emma McKeon and Josh Palmer won't be allowed to participate in Sunday's closing ceremony and must stay in the village between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. They also can only travel to events in official Olympic transportation.

  • The Latest: Sue Bird won't play in US-France basketball game

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:35 p.m.Sue Bird won't play for the U.S. women's basketball team against France.The American point guard sprained her right knee capsule in the win over Japan in the quarterfinals. The fact that it was only a sprain and not a tear was a relief to Bird, who told The Associated Press she heard a ''pop'' when the injury occurred. She had 30 assists and just three turnovers in the first six games.

  • Column: Desire trumps talent for US men's basketball team

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) So much is expected of them, mainly because there is so much talent.For a while during these Olympics, though, it seemed like the U.S. men's basketball team was stuck in some kind of Olympic time warp, complete with a maritime theme.

  • The Latest: Esquire Network to replay Lochte's reality show

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:20 p.m.Ryan Lochte's old reality show is returning to television for a marathon airing after the swimmer's troubles in Rio.Esquire Network plans to re-air all eight episodes of ''What Would Ryan Lochte Do?'' on Friday night. The show originally aired on Esquire's sister network E! Entertainment in April 2013 after Lochte's stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

  • India teen's big Olympic ambitions leave father near tears

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Her father stood by the golf bag and held back tears when Aditi Ashok teed off in the Olympics. Better yet was watching the 18-year-old from India walk off the 18th green Thursday with another 68 and see her name high on the leaderboard.

  • Ticket inquiry: IOC's Hickey goes from hospital to police

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC executive Patrick Hickey was discharged Thursday from a hospital and went straight to a Rio de Janeiro police station to be questioned about an Olympics ticket scalping investigation.The 71-year-old Irishman was arrested in a dawn raid Wednesday in the IOC hotel, but he immediately was hospitalized with chest pains.

  • Weightlifter stripped of medal; 3 others get drug sanctions

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan became the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after failing a drug test, while a Chinese swimmer and Brazilian cyclist were also disqualified Thursday and a Moldovan canoeist was suspended and could lose his bronze medal.

  • The Latest: Brazilian swimmer says Lochte claims hurt Brazil

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:55 p.m.Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira says the claim by American swimmer Ryan Lochte that he was robbed in Rio, which police dispute, hurt Brazil's image.

  • China finishes 1-2 in women's Olympic platform diving

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China has its next diving superstar.Actually, two of them.Fifteen-year-old Ren Qian captured another diving gold medal for China on Thursday, producing five nearly flawless efforts off the women's 10-meter platform to beat her 17-year-old teammate, Si Yajie.

  • The Latest: Maroulis wins first gold for women US wrestler

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):MEDAL ALERT: Helen Maroulis of the United States defeated Japan's Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for an American women's wrestler.

  • No. 1 US women fall in 5 sets in volleyball semis to Serbia

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Leaning over, hands on her knees and cheering at every chance, injured U.S. star Foluke Akinradewo could only watch. The top-ranked Americans had fought back to force a fifth set against Serbia before falling short - short of the gold-medal goal that had driven her and others back to the national team for one more Olympic cycle.

  • The Latest: Swimmer, cyclist DQ'd from Olympics after doping

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:35 p.m.A Chinese swimmer and Brazilian road cyclist have been disqualified from the Olympics after failing doping tests.The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued final verdicts Thursday in the cases of swimmer Chen Xinyi and cyclist Kleber Ramos.

  • US riders advance, but defending champ Strombergs out at BMX

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Connor Fields and his U.S. teammates made it safely through the wind and the wrecks at the BMX track.Two-time defending gold medalist Maris Strombergs of Latvia and reigning world champion Joris Daudet of France weren't as fortunate on Thursday at the Summer Olympics.

  • The Latest: Police chief calls on US swimmers to apologize

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:25 p.m.A top Brazil police official has called on Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers to apologize after some of the athletes claimed they were victims of an armed robbery.

  • The Latest: Spain headed to Olympic women's basketball final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour each scored 14 points as Spain defeated Serbia 68-54 Thursday and assured its first Olympic medal ever advancing to the women's basketball final.

  • Ticket inquiry: Hickey leaves hospital, speaks to Rio police

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ireland's Olympic committee says Patrick Hickey has left a Rio de Janeiro hospital and is speaking to police about a ticket scalping investigation.The Olympic executive was arrested in the IOC's hotel at the Rio Games on Wednesday, but was immediately taken to a hospital because of chest pains.

  • No. 1 US women fall in 5 sets to Serbia, play for bronze

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Leaning over with hands on her knees and cheering at every chance, injured U.S. star Foluke Akinradewo could only watch as the close-knit, determined Americans fought back to force a fifth set against Serbia before falling short - short of the gold-medal goal that had driven her and others back to the national team for one more Olympic cycle.

  • Spain beats Serbia 68-54 in women's basketball semifinals

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic celebration for Spain's women's basketball team is on. The Spaniards are guaranteed to receive the country's first medal in the sport at the Rio Games.They're so excited the party might still be going on, even with Saturday's final looming.

  • US volleyball player Rachael Adams persevered on road to Rio

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Strong. Capable. Enough.Those words, written on Rachael Adams' water bottle, serve as a reminder. Along with the words below: ''Don't Dare Tell Yourself Differently.''It's her affirmation, a message she heeds each day, and one she would like to share with girls and women everywhere.

  • The Latest: Police: Swimmers not victims of claimed robbery

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:45 p.m.A top Brazilian police official says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were not the victims of a robbery as some of the athletes had claimed.

  • Bolt goes for another gold as Lochte saga consumes Rio Games

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different reasons.Bolt is going for an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints, an accomplishment that would further elevate his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history. But for most of the day, all anyone was talking about surrounding the Olympics was a drunken encounter at a gas station restroom in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Eaton widens decathlon lead with 2 events to go

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 p.m.Ashton Eaton has increased his lead to 124 points with only the javelin and 1,500-meters to go and is on track to defend his Olympic decathlon title.

  • Why all those empty seats at Rio Games? Plenty of reasons

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The taekwondo competition at the Rio Games on Thursday morning was sold out. Not a single seat was left for grabs at the 10,000-capacity arena, where fans spent between and to gain access.But the arena never totally filled.The crowds, or lack thereof, will unquestionably be part of the legacy of these first Olympics in South America, where some events were raucous and others seemed downright sleepy. Despite organizers insisting that most tickets were sold, it wasn't uncommon to see Usain Bolt running in an arena that had perhaps more empty blue chairs than fans - even after he took to Twitter with a video urging people to buy tickets.

  • The Latest: Cuba has 1st light heavyweight medal since 1980

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Cuban boxer Julio Cesar La Cruz has defeated Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov to win the light heavyweight gold medal.La Cruz is the first Cuban to win a light heavyweight medal. He already had secured Cuba's first medal in the weight class since 1980.

  • Brazil's biggest city offers kind words for Olympic hosts

    August 18, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) It's a 60-minute flight from the Olympic host city, but worlds apart in spirit and style. If Rio de Janeiro is more like a chilled-out, sun-worshipping Los Angeles, Sao Paulo is all New York City - the intense financial nerve center of Brazil.

  • Taekwondo grudge match could be settled at Rio Olympics

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's a bitter grudge that has lasted for years: Aaron Cook vs. Britain.Born and raised in the U.K., Cook is now a citizen of Moldova and will be fighting for that country in the men's 80-kilogram competition in what his British opponent Lutalo Muhammad describes as ''probably the biggest rivalry in taekwondo.''

  • AIBA reassigns executive director after judging probe

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Boxing Association has reassigned its executive director in the middle of the Olympics after an examination of the judging and refereeing at the games.AIBA assigned Karim Bouzidi to a new role within the organization Thursday, but declined to elaborate on the reason.

  • Isinbayeva secures Olympic role while barred from competing

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Barred from competing in Rio de Janeiro, Yelena Isinbayeva was elected as an athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee on Thursday.The Russian pole vaulter saw her election as a sign she retains the trust of her fellow athletes despite being part of a doping-tainted track and field team.

  • How is taekwondo scored? A guide to the Olympic sport

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that emphasizes kicking.Fully padded fighters compete to see who can land the most kicks. The head and body are legitimate targets and all kicks are scored electronically; fighters wear special sensor socks and kicks to their opponent's body protector are recorded only if they are executed with sufficient force, which is calibrated differently for every weight division.

  • Brownlees make men's Olympic triathlon a family affair

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Just like four years ago in London, Alistair Brownlee grabbed a British flag, slowed to a trot and then walked across the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's Olympic triathlon.He dropped to the ground in exhaustion again.

  • The Latest: Official: Guards pointed guns in Lochte incident

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:35 p.m.A law enforcement official is telling The Associated Press that two security guards pointed guns at Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers during a dispute at a gas station.

  • Clement wins gold in Olympic 400 hurdles for trophy case

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kerron Clement cleared a space in his trophy case and wrote a little note on what would occupy that spot next: ''Gold Medal, 2016.''The American 400-meter hurdler was that confident.So confident, in fact, that his mom, Claudette, packed the family's own American flag and brought it to Rio de Janeiro. You know, just for this moment when he actually won gold.

  • Paralympics get a taxpayer bailout in cash-strapped Rio

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Rio Games organizing committee can take public money to put on the upcoming Paralympic Games.The judicial ruling amounts to a government bailout, an embarrassment to Rio organizers who had promised they could run their operating budget using only private money. The games run Sept. 7-18.

  • Croatia advances to men's water polo final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Croatia is a win away from a second straight gold medal in men's water polo.Andro Buslje scored four goals, Marko Bijac made 10 saves and Croatia advanced to the Olympic final with a 12-8 victory over Montenegro on Thursday.It was the highest scoring game in Rio for Croatia, which was coming off a 10-6 victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals. Croatia also beat Montenegro 7-5 in the semifinals of the London Games.

  • Spain's Carolina Marin beats Olympic champ Li of China

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Women's badminton saw a major power shift Thursday as Carolina Marin of Spain beat Li Xuerui, the defending Olympic champion from China, to advance to the gold medal singles match against P.V. Sindhu of India.Marin is world No. 1 but her win is significant because China had been badminton's superpower, sweeping all five gold medals at the 2012 London Games. Li was a big part of that dominance.

  • The Latest: Serbia beats top-ranked US in women's volleyball

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:10 p.m.UPSET ALERT: Serbia has stunned the top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team that was chasing its first ever Olympic gold.With star player Foluke Akinradewo injured early, the Americans came back from a 2-1 deficit to force a fifth set before falling 15-13.

  • The Latest: Canoe sprint bronze winner has doping suspension

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:45 p.m.The International Canoe Federation says canoe sprint bronze medalist Serghei Tarnovschi of Moldova has been suspended after failing a pre-competition doping test.

  • The Latest: Japanese team wins women's badminton doubles

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan have won gold in women's badminton doubles against Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

  • The Latest: US golfer Lewis has 11 birdies in 2nd Rio round

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:25 p.m.Stacy Lewis made 11 birdies and was atop the leaderboard in women's golf after an 8-under 63 at Olympic Golf Course.Lewis made so many birdies she lost count. She wasn't aware of her score until she signed her card. The American was at 9-under 133 after two rounds and had a one-shot lead over Britain's Charley Hull. Several players, such as Inbee Park, were still on the course.

  • Clement picks up where US left off - with more gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kerron Clement picked up on Thursday where the United States left off on the sultry evening before - hauling in more gold.And where things could have gone really badly, with the U.S. women's 4x100-meter relay team failing to get the baton around, the 2012 champions successfully protested that Allyson Felix was bumped by a Brazilian runner in her handover. They'll get another chance to qualify later Thursday with a solo run - a time faster than 42.70 seconds will be good enough to get them in.

  • The Latest: Brazil judge: Paralympics can use public money

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:15 p.m.A judge says the Rio Games organizing committee can take public money in order to put on the upcoming Paralympic Games.The decision amounts to a government bailout, an embarrassment to Rio organizers who have promised they could run their operating budget using only private money. The games run Sept. 7-18.

  • A bobble leads to a rerun on another crazy day for US relays

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Allyson Felix got jostled and stumbled. Instead of handing off the baton, she had to try flipping it to English Gardner.That didn't work, and though another full-on American nightmare in the Olympic relays was forestalled, the 4x100 certainly has turned surreal.

  • Brazil's Olympic soccer strength more than its strikers

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Despite all the talk at the Olympics about Brazil's talented strikers, it's the defense that's holding the team together as the host tries to win the soccer gold medal for the first time.Brazil has yet to concede a goal entering Saturday's final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium, helping keep the pressure off an offense led by Neymar and youngsters Gabigol and Gabriel Jesus.

  • The Latest: British team has gold in women's 470 sailing

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Britain have won the medal in the women's 470 class at the Rio Games sailing regatta.Mills and Clark clinched two days ago and needed simply to finish Thursday's medal race.

  • The Latest: Brownlee brothers take gold, silver in triathlon

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:45 p.m.Alistair Brownlee of Britain successfully defended his gold medal in the men's triathlon Thursday, winning the race at cloudless Copacabana Beach on one of the stickiest days of the Rio Olympics.

  • China's Si Yajie leads another round in women's platform

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Si Yajie established herself as China's latest gold-medal favorite at the diving pool, leading another round in the women's 10-meter platform Thursday.The 17-year-old totaled 389.30 points over five dives in the semifinals, not far off her top score in the preliminaries.

  • Kyrgyz weightlifter stripped of bronze medal in doping case

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A male weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan became the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after a positive drug test. A Moldovan canoeist also risks losing his bronze medal after being suspended for alleged doping.

  • The Latest: Britain's Brownlee brothers top 2 in triathlon

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Alistair Brownlee of Britain wins gold again in men's triathlon, finishing in 1:45:01, as brother Jonathan Brownlee finishes six seconds behind for silver. Henri Schoeman of South Africa wins bronze with a 1:45:43 finish.

  • The Latest: US gets another shot at relay

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:40 p.m.The United States was given an extra shot to qualify for the final of the 4x100 after the team successfully protested that Allyson Felix had been bumped just ahead of a botched handover.

  • The Latest: Kyrgyzstan lifter tests positive for strychnine

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:35 p.m.A male weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan has become the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after a positive doping test.

  • Stevenson advances to boxing final after Nikitin ruled out

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) U.S. boxer Shakur Stevenson reached the Olympic bantamweight final Thursday after his Russian semifinal opponent was unable to fight because of an injury, marking the first time since 2004 that an American fighter will be in a gold medal match.

  • The Latest: Clement wins 400 hurdles for US

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:35 p.m.Two-time world champion Kerron Clement finally has an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.The 30-year-old American won the world titles in 2007 and '09, sandwiched around his Olympic silver medal in Beijing, but hadn't been back on the podium of a major championship until winning Thursday's final in a season-best 47.73 seconds.

  • The Latest: Brazilian police official says Lochte lied

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:17 p.m.A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: US seeks relay reinstatement

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12.15 p.m.The United States is seeking to be reinstated into the final of the 4x100 meters, claiming that Allyson Felix was bumped by a rival runner just ahead of a botched handover.

  • The Latest: Gay helps US qualify for relay final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 p.m.Tyson Gay helped the U.S. men qualify fastest for the final of the men's 4x100-meter relay, only minutes after the American women's team dropped the baton in the heats.

  • The Latest: US women out of sprint relay

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):UPSET ALERT: The United States is out of the 4x100-meter relay following a botched handover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner.---11:45 a.m.The United States is out of the women's 4x100-meter relays following a botched handover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner on the far side of the track.

  • The Latest: Romani sets Brazil record in Shot

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11.15 a.m.Brazil shot putter Darlan Romani gave the sparse crowd at the Olympic Stadium something to cheer about in the early morning sun when he set a national record to qualify for the final later Thursday.

  • The Latest:Bolt rested for first relay round

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 a.m.The Jamaicans are resting Usain Bolt for the first round of the Olympic 4x100 relay Thursday. He does have a 200-meter final to try and win later in the evening.

  • The Latest: Kozak wins gold for Hungary in canoe sprint

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 a.m.Danuta Kozak has won her second canoe sprint gold medal in the Rio Olympics.The Hungarian was outstanding in the women's 500 meters kayak single Thursday, raising her right fist in a victory celebration after crossing the finish line almost 2 seconds clear of her closest competitors.

  • The Latest: World champion Ashton Eaton leads in decathlon

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10.20 a.m.Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton has a 103-point lead after six events in the decathlon.Eaton earned 1,000 points for finishing the 110-meter hurdles in 13.80 seconds to open the second day of the decathlon competition, lifting his tally to 5,621.

  • Criticized in Rio, marathon twin awarded victory at home

    August 18, 2016

    BERLIN (AP) A German marathon runner who was criticized for holding hands with her twin sister as they crossed the Rio Olympics finish line - far behind the leaders - celebrated a belated victory in her home country Thursday.Organizers declared Anna Hahner the winner of the Hannover marathon after Kenya's Edinah Jerotich Kwambai was penalized for using an excessive dose of asthma medication and stripped of her first place in the April event.

  • The Latest: US swimmers to meet Brazil police over robbery

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 a.m.Three American Olympic swimmers planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement Thursday to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.

  • The Latest: Ukraine's Cheban takes canoe gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:55 a.m.Defending Olympic champion Yuri Cheban of Ukraine has won the gold medal in the men's 200 meters canoe single.Cheban beat Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan in a sprint to the finish line.

  • The Latest: German marathoner rejects criticisms of Rio race

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:10 a.m.A German marathoner criticized for holding hands with her twin sister as they crossed the Rio Olympics finish line has been awarded a belated first place for a race in her home country.

  • The Latest: 25 golds on tap at Rio; Bolt wants his 8th one

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:40 a.m.Twenty-five gold medals are waiting to be won at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with the marque event featuring Usain Bolt in his favorite race, the 200 meter sprint.

  • The Latest: 6 track golds at Rio; Bolt wants his 8th one

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:10 a.m.The reigning king of track is back in his kingdom, lining up at Rio's Olympic Stadium for what he hopes is his 8th gold medal.The biggest drama about Usain Bolt in the 200 meter sprint Thursday may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. The Jamaican sprinter already owns both the world record at 19.19 seconds, and Olympic record at 19.30.

  • The Latest: Chinese divers seek 1-2 finish in 10m platform

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:35 a.m.China's dominance at the diving pool shows no signs of waning ahead of the 10-meter platform finals.Si Yajie and Ren Qian went 1-2 in the preliminaries Wednesday, setting themselves up to challenge Thursday for China's sixth diving gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

  • Brazilians re-embrace Neymar, hope he can give them gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Most Brazilian players were already back in the locker room when Neymar rushed across the field at Maracana Stadium to celebrate with the fans.Shirtless, Neymar raised his arms toward the stands. He pumped his fists as the crowd chanted his name. He pointed back at the fans, as if thanking them, drawing even louder cheers.

  • The Latest: Brazil hoping Neymar leads nation to soccer gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 a.m.The jeering is over - and Brazilian fans are once again embracing the nation's most talented striker.Neymar scored two goals Wednesday - including the fastest one in Olympic history, just 15 seconds into the game - to lead Brazil to a 6-0 rout of Honduras in the semifinals and keep alive its hopes of winning Olympic soccer gold for the first time.

  • The Latest: US track women celebrate 'awesome hour' at Rio

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 a.m.Tianna Bartoletta has dubbed it the ''awesome hour.''In a span of about 60 minutes Wednesday night, U.S. track and field women hauled in a bevy of medals.

  • The Latest: Rio police to question 3 US swimmers on robbery

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:50 a.m.Three American swimmers are expected to give statements to Brazilian police on Thursday about how they were reportedly robbed early Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro.

  • US hurdler uses Olympic platform to address gun violence

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin used the occasion of her bronze-medal performance to speak out about gun violence.Castlin's father was murdered when she was 12 by someone who broke into the hotel he managed and demanded money. She also attended Virginia Tech at the time of the 2007 massacre that killed nearly three dozen people.

  • Olympic starter Rachael Adams makes huge strides past year

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Strong. Capable. Enough.Those three, simple words written on Rachael Adams' water bottle serve as a regular reminder. Along with the kicker: ''Don't Dare Tell Yourself Differently.''It's her positive affirmation, a message she heeds herself each day and one she would like to share with girls and women everywhere about staying true to themselves despite the constant ups and downs of life.

  • Bolt looks to teach a lesson in 200 final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt crossed the finish line and wagged his finger at the brash up-and-comer who dared challenge him.Didn't Andre de Grasse know that nobody's supposed to mess with the Jamaican's 200 meters? Especially at the Olympics.Bolt, in search of his eighth Olympic gold, considers the 200 his best race and, in the past, has taken umbrage with anyone who suggests they might beat him.

  • American swimmers released, will talk to police Thursday

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 a.m.The U.S. Olympic Committee says the two American swimmers who were detained by Brazilian authorities before their U.S.-bound flight departed have been released with the understanding they will continue to cooperate with police.

  • Jorgensen's journey included chance meeting in Milwaukee

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Even before he dismounted his bike on that snowy Minnesota morning three years ago to ask Gwen Jorgensen if she'd be his wife, Patrick Lemieux issued an equally unexpected proposal: He would abandon his pro cycling career to be her ''house husband.''

  • German women beat Brazil for Olympic beach volleyball gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) On their left was the United States, the birthplace of beach volleyball and the most successful country in its Olympic history.To their right was one of two Brazilian women's teams to reach the medal round on their home sand at Copacabana beach, the sport's spiritual home.

  • Move over Bolt, Thompson already has an Olympic double

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Under the massive wings of Usain Bolt, Jamaica keeps producing sprinters of stunning quality.Elaine Thompson is the latest.After completing a sprint double at the Olympics with an overpowering performance in the 200 meters on Wednesday, Thompson is now one small step ahead of Bolt, who will try to clinch his double on Thursday.

  • American swimmers can't leave Brazil until they testify

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:45 a.m.An attorney for two American swimmers who were taken off a U.S.-bound flight says they will not be allowed to leave Brazil until they provide testimony about a robbery.

  • Britain's track cycling medal haul leaves rivals flummoxed

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kristina Vogel proudly watched the German flag rise to the rafters of the Olympic velodrome, her victory in the women's individual sprint a validation of all her hard work the past four years.The fact that it was flanked by two British flags was hardly a surprise.

  • No Bolt vs. Gatlin II at Olympics, American misses 200 final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Bolt vs. Gatlin II at the Olympics is off.That's because of a tough break for Justin Gatlin, whose right ankle injury flared up only minutes before his 200-meter semifinal heat on Wednesday.Gatlin tweaked his ankle in training way back at the beginning of the season but, ironically, really aggravated the problem about a week later doing a TV commercial for the Olympics.

  • Sweden and Germany both make first Olympic final

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Even Germany and Sweden seem to be surprised they are in the women's Olympic soccer final.Most figured the World Cup champion U.S. national team would be cruising to its fourth-straight gold medal. But the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals.

  • Part horse race, part roller coaster: Welcome to BMX

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Imagine a horse race that starts on a ramp about three stories high, then winds down a quarter-mile track with as many bumps and twists as a roller-coaster ride.But instead of riding horses, eight competitors are pedaling frantically on bikes, and the race only takes about 40 seconds.

  • Weightlifting head hopes to stay in Olympics despite doping

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics played out under a cloud of suspicion and scandal so severe that there are fears the sport may get booted out of future games for doping.Competitors who finished outside the medals talked openly about their hopes of moving up in the standings once lab results came back for opponents they found suspicious. Four athletes have withdrawn or been disqualified so far after testing positive, including one who was taking small doses of a substance typically used as rat poison.

  • Looking beyond the home team in Olympic basketball coverage

    August 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In Rio and any other Olympics, broadcasters are frequently criticized for a concentration on a home nation's athletes that causes it to miss interesting stories involving others. Some of it is fair, much of it isn't.So it's worth noting the time and care NBC took to acknowledge the core of the Argentine men's basketball team that has been together since winning gold in 2004 and will now split up.

  • Walsh Jennings, Ross rebound to win beach volleyball bronze

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Devastated. Unable to sleep. Cursing and crying and blaming herself after falling short of her goal to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.Staggered by her first-ever loss at the Summer Games, behind by one set in the bronze medal match and trailing in the second, Kerri Walsh Jennings pulled herself together on the Copacabana sand to become the most-decorated beach volleyball player in the sport's Olympic history.

  • The Latest: Germany wins women's beach volleyball gold

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 a.m.Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have won the beach volleyball gold medal, handing the host nation its second straight medal-round setback on the Copacabana sand.

  • Russia's one-woman team misses out on Olympic medal

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Darya Klishina's one-woman show at the Olympics is over.The only Russian allowed to participate in track and field at the Rio de Janeiro Games finished ninth in the long jump on Wednesday, leaving her country without an Olympic medal in the sport for the first time since it started competing independently in 1996 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • Serbia beats Croatia 86-83, reaches men's basketball semis

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serbia advanced to the men's basketball semifinals with an 86-83 win over Croatia on Wednesday night, leaving it one victory from medaling in the Rio Games.The rival nations share a border and formerly played under the Yugoslavia flag. After dispatching its neighbor in hard-fought, physical game, Serbia plays Australia on Friday.

  • "Awesome Hour" on the track as US captures 6 Olympic medals

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tianna Bartoletta kicked off her country's whirlwind run of medals on the night. So, by all rights, she should get to name it.Fittingly, the newly crowned Olympic long jump champion went with ''Awesome Hour.''In a span of about 60 minutes Wednesday night, U.S. athletes hauled in a bevy of medals: Bartoletta and Brittney Reese went 1-2 in the long jump, Tori Bowie captured a bronze in the 200 and Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles - a feat that's never been accomplished in that event.

  • Track: A challenge for Bolt, gold for Jamaica, sweep for US

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's no easy thing to push Usain Bolt, even in an Olympic warm-up race.Might be even tougher upstaging him.But that happened on a wild Wednesday night in track. It began with the Jamaican star exchanging smiles, then wagging his finger at a brash up-and-comer who dared challenge him in the 200-meter semifinals. It kept going with another Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, completing the first 100-200 women's double since 1988. And it closed with an American sweep of the hurdles to put the cherry on top of a seven-medal day for the United States on the track.

  • The Latest: Americans sweep the medal stand in 100m hurdles

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 p.m.American Brianna Rollins started out fast and never looked back.Rollins lead the U.S. sweep of the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Games on Wednesday night, winning with 12.48 seconds.

  • The Latest: Walsh Jennings, Ross beat Brazil to take bronze

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:05 p.m.Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have won the beach volleyball bronze medal, coming back after losing the first set to beat the host Brazilians at Copacabana.

  • The Latest: Americans sweep Olympic medals in 100m hurdles

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: The United States has swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympics. Brianna Rollins, the 2013 world champion, won with 12.48 seconds. Nia Ali had silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin had 12.61 for bronze.

  • Ginobili, Argentina's 'Golden Generation' take Olympic bow

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Manu Ginobili's emotions were jumbled as he tried to put his Olympic journey into words.Long after his last game inside the rings ended, the balding forward who once again had done all he could in defeat, returned to the floor and was handed the game ball. Ginobili tucked it under his left arm and looked like he would never let it go.

  • South Korea wins 1st gold of Rio Olympics

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) South Korea claimed the first taekwondo gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday, restoring some pride to the country that invented the sport.Seventh-ranked Sohui Kim defeated Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia in a tight final where both fighters struggled to find their form. Kim won 7-6.

  • The Latest: Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins gold in 200m

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Elaine Thompson got another sprint double for Jamaica at the Olympics. She blasted out of the blocks and never gave Dutch sprinter Dafne Schippers a chance to catch her on the straightaway of the 200 meters.

  • China sweeps table tennis gold - for 3rd straight Olympics

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For the third straight Olympics, China will take home every gold medal in table tennis.The Chinese men's team beat Japan 3-1 on Wednesday, cementing the nation's status as the world leader in the sport.Chinese women have won every singles gold medal since the sport entered the Olympics in 1988. China has won the last eight men's world team championships. There have only been team competitions at the last three Olympics, but China's men and women have won all of those.

  • The Latest: US swimmers taken off flight amid robbery probe

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:40 p.m.The U.S. Olympic Committee says two American swimmers were taken off their flight from Brazil by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery involving Ryan Lochte and his teammates.

  • The Latest: American Bartoletta wins women's long jump gold

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally has an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump final with a life-time best 7.17 meters.

  • What's new? Bolt wins, Kenya wins steeplechase, Eaton leads

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Some things don't change much in track and field at the Olympics. Usain Bolt easily advances to the 200-meter final. Kenya wins yet another steeplechase gold medal, and Ashton Eaton leads the decathlon.As usual, Bolt blasted away opposition in the semifinals of his favorite event, where he is seeking a third a third Olympic gold medal in a row to match his three 100 titles. This time, he will not have to deal with Justin Gatlin, so often his main challenger. The 100 silver medalist finished third in his heat and is out of the hunt.

  • The Latest: Justin Gatlin fails to qualify for final in 200m

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 p.m.FAILED TO QUALIFY: Justin Gatlin has failed to qualify for the final of the 200 meters after placing third in his semifinal heat the Olympics.Gatlin, who took the silver medal behind Usain Bolt in the 100 meters, finished in 20.13 seconds on Wednesday.

  • S. Korean military pass for Olympic medalists called unfair

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) South Korea's chance at an Olympic soccer medal gone, forward Son Heung-min dropped to his knees, put his forehead on the grass and wept.Anguish over the end of a chance at Olympic glory? Without doubt.But with the loss to Honduras, Son and his teammates had also missed out on what has been a powerful added incentive since the days when South Korea was a military dictatorship: Men who step onto the medal podium are exempted from the approximately two years of military service that nearly all young, able bodied South Korean men, from pop stars to lawmakers' sons, have to perform in the face of North Korean threats of war.

  • The Latest: China again sweeps Olympic table tennis golds

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: For the third straight Olympics, China has taken home every table tennis gold medal.The Chinese men's team on Wednesday beat Japan 3-1 in the best-of-five-set match. China's team consisted of the gold and silver medalists in Rio - Ma Long and Zhang Jike - and the world No. 3, Xu Xin.

  • Hoog comes through for Dutch in field hockey semis again

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ellen Hoog updated her best memory in field hockey.At the 2012 London Games, Hoog scored the winning shootout goal for the Netherlands against New Zealand in the semifinals, en route to their second straight Olympic gold medal.She was even more dramatic on Wednesday, in the semifinals again in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Dutch and Germany finished regulation at 1-1, and their shootout at 2-2. Hoog had been the first Dutchwoman to miss, her shot stopped by the underside of goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds' right boot.

  • The Latest: Bolt wins semifinal, advances to 200-meter final

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:10 p.m.Usain Bolt advanced to the final for the 200 meters with the fastest time of the year and is one win away from his eighth Olympic gold medal.Bolt ran 19.78 seconds, pushed all the way by Canada's Andre de Grasse in the lane beside him, in the second of two semifinal heats at Rio. He earns an automatic place in Thursday's final. De Grasse finished in 19.80 seconds to advance.

  • The Latest: Ashton Eaton leads halfway through decathlon

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:05 p.m.Halfway home in the decathlon, and reigning Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. is in the lead.The world-record holder won the 400 meters Wednesday night to give him 4,621 points after five events.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Thursday

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 13 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, platform diving, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):TRACK AND FIELDUsain Bolt should be lining up for gold medal No. 8 at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 meters and the biggest drama may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. He already owns both the world record at 19.19, and Olympic record at 19.30.

  • The Latest: Lone Russian in track competition eliminated

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:50 p.m.The one-woman track team from Russia is out of medal contention at the Rio Olympics.Darya Klishina, the only person from her country allowed to compete in track and field at the Rio Olympics, reached the long jump final but was eliminated after three attempts.

  • The Latest: American women top 3 semis ahead of 100m final

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9.15 p.m.American women have won all three semifinals ahead of Wednesday night's 100-meter hurdles final.2013 world champion Brianna Rollins won the first semi in 12.47 seconds, and Nia Ali followed it up with a second-semi win in 12.65 seconds. Kristi Castlin finished the final semi in 12.63 seconds.

  • Icho captures 4th Olympic gold medal in wrestling

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With just seconds to spare, Kaori Icho reminded everyone why she's the best women's wrestler in history.Icho became the first wrestler to win four Olympic gold medals on Wednesday, scoring a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Valeriia Koblova Zholobova of Russia 3-2 in 58-kilogram women's freestyle.

  • Runner who helped hurts knee and won't return at Olympics

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Abbey D'Agostino never imagined doing the right thing would cause such a stir.The 5,000-meter runner whose act of friendship captured the Olympic spirit will not return to the track in Rio after tearing ligaments in her knee.In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, she said that even though her season was over, her message prevailed.

  • The Latest: US men beat Argentina 105-78 to head into semis

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:45 p.m.The U.S. men's basketball team powered into the semifinals of the Olympics, beating Argentina 105-78 on Wednesday night.The Americans turned a slow start into an early ending with a 27-2 run in the first half.

  • US routs Argentina 105-78, moves into men's basketball semis

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The nail-biters ended for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.So did a golden era of international basketball.Emphatically stopping a stretch of three straight close games, the Americans advanced to the semifinals by sprinting past Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78 on Wednesday night.

  • The Latest: Japan sweeps 1st day of women's wrestling golds

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:55 p.m.Japan has swept the gold medals on the first day of the Olympic women's wrestling tournament in Rio.Sara Dosho rallied to beat fourth-ranked Natalia Vorobeva of Russia in the 69 kilograms on a takedown with 30 seconds to go in the last match of the day.

  • US to play Italy for Olympic gold in women's water polo

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It got physical, very physical, and that's just fine with the U.S. women's water polo team.Maggie Steffens scored four times, and the United States clawed its way back to the Olympic final with a rugged 14-10 victory over Hungary on Wednesday.

  • Olympians divided about women with high testosterone levels

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic Games is running into a storm of controversy involving Caster Semenya, the favorite in the women's 800 meters. The South African, the unwilling face of track's ethical and medical dilemma over women with high levels of testosterone, sharply divides opinion - even among fellow competitors.

  • Neymar, Brazil come out blazing in Olympic soccer semifinals

    August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Maybe Neymar and his teammates can make the Olympics a success for Brazil after all.Brazil's celebrated men's soccer team rolled to a 6-0 win over Honduras in the semifinals Wednesday to earn a spot in the gold medal match.In other action across the Rio Games, the United States men's basketball team beat Argentina 105-78, Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won bronze in beach volleyball and the Jamaicans had a big night at the track with Elaine Thompson winning the women's 200 meters and Usain Bolt cruising to a win in the semifinals of the men's 200.

  • Police case against IOC executive seized naked by Rio police

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The IOC hierarchy is used to being treated like royalty in Olympic host cities. Brazilian police afforded Patrick Hickey no such deference early Wednesday, bringing a TV crew to film the IOC executive being arrested in a Rio de Janeiro hotel room while naked.

  • The Latest: Britain heads to women's field hockey finals

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:15 p.m.Alex Danson scored two goals as Britain defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the women's field hockey semifinals.Wednesday's win means Britain will advance to the final for the first time.

  • The Latest: Female Japanese wrestler wins historic 4th gold

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Japan's Kaori Icho has become the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals.Icho scored a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Russia's Valeriia Koblova Zholobova 3-2 in 58-kilogram women's freestyle.

  • Germany in the Olympic final after 2-0 victory over Nigeria

    August 17, 2016

    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) Lukas Klosertmann and Nils Peterson scored to send Germany into the Olympic gold-medal match for the first time with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Nigeria on Wednesday.The Germans will play Brazil on Saturday at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium was the site of the country's World Cup victory in 2014, a few days after the German senior team embarrassed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals.

  • Yeleussinov wins 4th straight Kazakh welterweight gold medal

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Daniyar Yeleussinov leaves with a more permanent - and gnarly - reminder of his Olympic experience than a gold medal.Yeleussinov suffered a cut so deep and so long that it will leave a scar.He outclassed Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov on Wednesday and became the fourth straight boxer from Kazakhstan to win the Olympic welterweight gold medal.

  • Inbee Park a shot back as women's golf returns to Olympics

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Inbee Park could tell right away Wednesday that this was not an ordinary golf tournament.Walking onto the practice range, the South Korean flag on her red shirt and the Olympic rings just about everywhere she looked, the jangled nerves made her realize that playing in the Olympics - the first for women's golf since 1900 - brought the kind of pressure she doesn't usually feel.

  • What's new? Kenya wins steeplechase, Eaton leads decathlon

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Some things haven't changed much in track and field at the Olympics. On Wednesday, it was Kenya winning yet another steeplechase gold medal and Ashton Eaton leading the decathlon competition.With temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees F) on the sunbaked track, Kenya organized a very orderly changing of the guard, with 21-year-old Conseslus Kipruto running away from two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi to set a games record and extend the country's streak to nine straight titles in the 3,000-meter event.

  • NBC reaches 24.1 million viewers for Biles' last medal

    August 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC reached 24.1 million viewers on Tuesday for a telecast that featured Simone Biles and Aly Raisman taking the top two medals for the gymnastics floor exercise.The prime-time viewership increases by 6 percent to 25.6 million when cable and streaming is added in. Consistent with every other night of the Olympics, that lags behind the London Games of 2012, which had 30.1 million viewers in prime-time for the corresponding night.

  • China goes 1-2 in prelims of women's 10-meter platform

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China's dominance at the diving pool shows no signs of waning.Si Yajie and Ren Qian went 1-2 in the preliminaries of women's 10-meter platform Wednesday, setting themselves up to challenge for China's sixth diving gold medal of the Rio Olympics.

  • The Latest: Germany will face Brazil for men's soccer gold

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:15 p.m.Lukas Klosertmann scored in the ninth minute and Nils Peterson added a goal in the 89th to put Germany into the Olympic gold-medal match with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Nigeria on Wednesday.

  • Chinese swimmer breaks taboo about 'that time of the month'

    August 17, 2016

    Who knew a simple statement about ''that time of the month'' could cause such a stir?A Chinese Olympic swimmer whose popularity soared during the Rio Games for her animated facial expressions and rare candor has become a social media sensation for another off-the-cuff comment about a topic still considered taboo in China: her period.

  • Parker says goodbye to Olympics after France loses to Spain

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Before going their separate ways, Tony Parker and Paul Gasol met near mid-court and the new teammates shared a warm embrace following Spain's lopsided win.They'll soon be together in San Antonio to chase an NBA title.They'll never meet again in the Olympics.

  • The Latest: Kenyan steeplechaser Kemboi DQ'd, loses bronze

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:55 p.m.Kenyan steeplechase great Ezekiel Kemboi has been disqualified in his last race, losing the bronze medal he won Wednesday before he announced his retirement.

  • US men's volleyball reaches Rio semis with 4th straight win

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) John Speraw ran along the sideline about as close as he could to actually being in the action, cheering Aaron Russell to make a save while crashing into the barrier some 20 feet behind the end line.''I was willing him to get that ball,'' the U.S. coach said. ''I'm into it. It's the Olympic Games.''

  • The Latest: Tony Parker leaving French national team

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 p.m.Tony Parker has said au revoir to France's national team.The star point guard for the San Antonio Spurs said following a 92-67 loss to Spain on Wednesday that he is retiring from international competition.

  • Column: The 11 a.m. news follies one of best shows in Rio

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The daily Olympic briefing was already well underway when the first candidate for question of the day came from an Australian journalist.''Is the IOC concerned,'' he asked, ''that one of the enduring images from these games may well be one if its senior members opening the door naked to a police raid?''

  • Newspaper: Sorry for mixing up Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas

    August 17, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The editor of the Philadelphia Daily News is apologizing for his newspaper running a photo of American gymnast Simone Biles with a column about fellow Olympian Gabby Douglas.Michael Days took to Twitter Wednesday to say editors ''screwed up.'' He says ''we are embarrassed, and we apologize.''

  • The Latest: Kazakhstan has new Olympic welterweight champ

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov and became the fourth straight boxer from Kazakhstan to win the Olympic welterweight gold medal.

  • The Latest: Thai golfer leads women after 1st Olympic round

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5 p.m.Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is the first 18-hole leader in the history of women's golf in the Olympics.Jutanugarn had a little bit of everything on her scorecard Wednesday and wound up with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead over seven-time major champion Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim, both of South Korea.

  • Column: Chill, Brazil. You're still soccer's gold standard

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Fans wearing the familiar gold-and-green-trimmed shirts of Brazil's national team were still streaming up the ramp and into the Maracana Stadium when Neymar struck. All of 15 seconds had elapsed since the opening whistle.As it turned out, there was no need to hurry, let alone worry. Whatever terrible toll these Olympics wind up extracting from this cash-strapped, soccer-mad nation, it's already clear that won't put a dent in the Selecao.

  • The Latest: Sailing races postponed due to lack of wind

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:40 p.m.The medal races in the women's and men's 470 classes of the Rio Olympics sailing regatta have been postponed because of lack of steady wind on the Sugarloaf Course off Flamengo Beach.

  • Jager earns 1st US Olympic medal in steeplechase since '84

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Evan Jager knows steeplechase history about as well as anyone.Like, how difficult the Kenyans are to beat and how the Americans haven't captured an Olympic medal since 1984.Hence, Jager's raw emotion at the finish line when he updated that particular piece of history Wednesday.

  • BMX racing grows up, blazes trail for Olympic action sports

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) BMX racing is growing up at the Summer Olympics.It's that extreme sport where cyclists pedal on bikes over a roughly quarter mile-long course filled with bumps, hills and sharp twists.Lots of action in a race that lasts about 40 seconds. A sport aimed at younger audiences.

  • Spain returns to men's basketball semis, pounds France 92-67

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Spain is back in the semifinals of the men's basketball tournament for the third straight time after pasting France 92-67 on Wednesday.Nikola Mirotic scored 23 for the Spaniards, who won silver medals at Beijing in 2008 and London four years ago.

  • Neymar, Brazil come out blazing in semifinals

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Brazilian Olympic team has struggled mightily on its home turf during the Rio Games. Maybe Neymar and the crew can salvage something for the hosts.Brazil's celebrated men's soccer team rolled to a 6-0 win over Honduras in the semifinals on Wednesday to earn a spot in the gold medal match.

  • The Latest: BMX world champs take top seeds in Rio Olympics

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:50 p.m.The reigning BMX world champions have earned the top Olympic seeds after finishing first in their respective qualifying runs on Wednesday in Rio.

  • Irish Olympic executive arrested in ticket scheme

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A senior Olympic executive from Ireland was arrested and taken to the hospital Wednesday after police raided his beachfront hotel as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Games.Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, was accused of plotting with at least nine others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about million in profits.

  • Netherlands wins shootout in women's field hockey semifinals

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ellen Hoog shook off a miss in the shootout and came back to score the game-winner as the Netherlands defeated Germany on Wednesday in the Olympic women's field hockey semifinals.''I had a little doubt because I missed the first one, but I trust my shootout and I have a lot of confidence in my shootout,'' Hoog said. ''I was confident that I would take it and I would make it.''

  • USA Gymnastics primed for more success after Karolyi

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Martha Karolyi doesn't know who will replace her as national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics when she officially steps down later this month.She does, however, have a message: Don't get cute.''The program is already built,'' Karolyi said. ''I just really hope that they don't try to fix a program which proved itself and right now really shows that it's the highest level program in the world.''

  • France bounces back to win show jumping gold; US second

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) France bounced back from a difficult week to claim its second team title in equestrian at the Rio Games, beating the United States to a gold medal in the show jumping Wednesday.France's chances of claiming the title diminished last week when world No. 2 two Simon Delestre had to withdraw from the team after an injury to his horse, Hermes Ryan, in the stables at the Deodoro competition venue.

  • The Latest: US men advance to semis in men's volleyball

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.The U.S. men's volleyball team is on to the Rio semifinals, beating Poland in straight sets Wednesday for a fourth straight victory since a surprising 0-2 Olympic start.

  • Neymar scores early, leads Brazil to Olympic soccer final

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With the fastest goal in Olympic history, Neymar led Brazil back to the gold-medal match.The Barcelona striker scored 15 seconds into the game and converted a penalty kick in second-half injury time Wednesday to lead Brazil over Honduras 6-0 in the semifinals of the men's tournament.

  • Olympic weightlifting: a gut-busting ordeal

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) They chalk their hands,They stare at length,They turn to prayerTo find the strength.They eye the bar,These feral brutes,Muscles bulgingFrom skin-tight suits.Massive shoulders,A fearsome back -They don't buy clothesFrom off the rack.

  • The Latest: Neymar scores twice as Brazil beats Honduras 6-0

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:55 p.m.Neymar scored the fastest goal in Olympic history then added a penalty kick in stoppage time and Brazil went on to beat Honduras 6-0 for a spot in the gold-medal match in Rio de Janeiro.

  • US women's basketball captain Sue Bird has knee sprain

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sue Bird and the U.S. women's basketball team received some good news Wednesday when an MRI revealed that the team captain and point guard just had a knee capsule sprain.Bird had initially feared the injury would be much worse.''Obviously I felt a huge relief.'' Bird said in a statement provided by USA Basketball. ''The hardest part is waiting and not knowing. So, to finally get the thumbs-up from the doc that everything was okay was incredibly relieving and exciting, and obviously I'm very happy.''

  • LeBron says he wishes he was with US team in Rio

    August 17, 2016

    LeBron James misses the Olympic stage.The Cleveland superstar, who decided to skip his fourth Olympics after leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title in June, said in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he's keeping an eye on his teammates at the Rio Games.

  • Garibotti, Italy advance to women's water polo final

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Italy is going back to the Olympic women's water polo final.Arianna Garibotti scored in five goals, Giulia Gorlero made nine saves and Italy beat Russia 12-9 in the semifinals on Wednesday.Italy won the gold medal in 2004, but slipped to sixth in Beijing and finished seventh in London four years ago.

  • The Latest: Hickey to 'step aside temporarily' as IOC member

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.Patrick Hickey has decided to ''step aside temporarily'' as an IOC member and from all other Olympic positions following his arrest in a ticket scalping investigation.

  • India could have worst Olympic performance since 1992

    August 17, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) Months ahead of the Rio Games, Indian sports officials vowed that the massive nation would turn around its long history of dismal Olympic results and be proud of its athletes.Steeplechase. Golf. Shooting. Badminton. Boxing. Tennis. Wrestling. Archery. Discus. India saw medal possibilities in all those disciplines, and the head of the government's sports authority, Injeti Srinivas, said he expected India to bring home anywhere from 10 to 14 medals.

  • IOC executive targeted in police inquiry of ticket scalping

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A senior Olympic executive from Ireland was taken to a hospital Wednesday after police came to his beachfront hotel to arrest him as part of an investigation into ticket scalping.Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, is accused of plotting with at least nine others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Caster Semenya divides opinion in Rio Olympic debut

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic Games is running into a storm of controversy involving Caster Semenya, the favorite in the women's 800 meters. The South African, the unwilling face of track's ethical and medical dilemma over women with high levels of testosterone, sharply divides opinion - even among fellow competitors.

  • How do the blind watch the Olympics? NBC helps them hear it

    August 17, 2016

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two people in a recording booth deep inside a Connecticut office park are helping millions of blind Americans feel part of the Olympics like never before.For the first time in the U.S., NBC is airing the Olympics in prime time with additional narrators who simply report what's happening on screen - a sort of closed captioning for the visually impaired. Most viewers won't even know the additional narrators are there; to hear them, you need to turn on special cable-box or TV settings to activate their audio track. But their running blow-by-blow can open things up for the blind, who at best get an incomplete picture from traditional sportscasting that takes visuals for granted.

  • The Latest: Indonesian team wins badminton mixed doubles

    August 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia have taken gold in badminton mixed doubles against Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.

  • Bolt, Bolt, Bolt: a man, and a name, for all seasons

    August 16, 2016

    Let's take a moment to exultThe mighty, wondrous Usain BoltAnd marvel at his great result -Best measured less by time than voltAnd worthy of a Derby colt,His magic smacking of occult.He soared to gold, this thunderboltWho gave the Rio crowd a joltAnd left its senses in revolt,

  • The Latest: Ukrainian gymnast takes men's parallel bars gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Oleg Verniaiev of the Ukraine picked up his second medal in men's gymnastics, taking gold in the parallel bars final on Tuesday.Verniaiev's score of 16.041 was just a touch better than the 15.9 put up by American Danell Leyva. David Belyavskiy of Russia earned the bronze.

  • Money May in the house: Mayweather roots for Stevenson

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) His focus seemingly unflappable, Shakur Stevenson was briefly distracted when he heard a familiar voice as he walked out for his Olympic bout.''Augie! Augie!''Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in the house and shouting at U.S. boxing assistant coach Augie Sanchez.

  • Green and golden? Australia men's hoop team eyeing Rio gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There's one team that has lived up to high expectations - even surpassed them - at the Rio Games in men's basketball.It's the one with a roster loaded with skilled and experienced NBA players, an overall No. 1 draft pick, a backcourt featuring two guards with championship rings and a strong belief it can capture gold in Brazil.

  • APNewsBreak: Boxing decision could lead to judging changes

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's gold-medal victory over Vassiliy Levit in a widely criticized decision is likely to be a catalyst for change during the International Boxing Association's next evaluation of its judging.AIBA executive board member Tom Virgets told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while he wouldn't offer a personal opinion on the decision, he expects the sport's judging criteria to evolve before the 2020 Olympics.

  • The Latest: Australia's Burton wins men's Laser class gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Tom Burton of Australia has won the gold medal in the men's Laser class at the Rio Olympics sailing regatta.It's the first sailing gold in the Rio Games for the Australians, who won three classes in the London Games in 2012.

  • Bolt glides into 200 semis; Perkovic, Taylor defend golds

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Some people, like Usain Bolt, make everything look easy. Others, like Sandra Perkovic and Christian Taylor, insist on the tough road.Perkovic escaped early elimination twice in as many days before producing clutch, last-ditch throws to win the women's discus.

  • China's Olympic dominance in badminton will end in Rio

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China's Olympic dominance in badminton will end in Rio de Janeiro.The nation swept all five gold medals at the 2012 London Games, but China's attempt to repeat that feat is over even before the gold medal rounds are set to begin Wednesday.

  • The Latest: China won't repeat badminton gold sweep in Rio

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:05 p.m.China swept all five Olympic badminton golds in London, but its attempt to repeat was over even before Rio's gold medal rounds were even set to begin.In mixed doubles, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia knocked out London silver medalists Xu Chen and Ma Jin of China. The Malaysians will play Wednesday for gold against Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, who beat Chinese Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

  • The Latest: Dutch sailor takes women's Laser Radial gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands has won the gold medal in the women's Laser Radial class in the Rio Olympics sailing regatta.Bouwmeester, who won the silver in London four years ago, was seventh in the medal race Tuesday and finished six points ahead of silver medalist Annalise Murphy of Ireland. Murphy finished fourth in London after dominating early in that regatta.

  • Renowned chef feeds Rio's homeless with excess Olympic food

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Twelve hours ago, Fagner Dos Santos ate his last meal: two hardened bread buns and coffee. For much of the past decade, the 33-year-old has been battling drug addiction while living on the streets of Rio. When he eats at all, it's usually at a grungy soup kitchen or after picking through the trash.

  • In a breeze, Bolt starts pursuit of 200-meter title

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt glanced to his right once, twice, three times. No surprise: Nobody was there.That's how the quest began for his final individual sprint gold at the Olympics - a jog through the sunshine in the opening round of the 200 meters and a stress-free victory in the ninth heat of Tuesday's qualifying.

  • The Latest: Busiest day of boating underway at Rio Olympics

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:20 p.m.The busiest day at the Rio Olympics boat basin is underway with the women's Laser Radial medal race on the Sugarloaf Course just off Flamengo Beach.It's the first of four medal races scheduled for Tuesday. The Laser Radial and men's Laser medal races were postponed from Monday, when first there was too little wind, and then too much wind to sail.

  • Serbia stunner: Australia ousted 73-71 in women's basketball

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Liz Cambage cried. Penny Taylor, whose long career is over when the WNBA season ends, stood with her hands on her head staring into space in stunned disbelief.The Serbia women's basketball team raced to midcourt, hugging and jumping before circling together and dancing.

  • The Latest: Bolt wins his 200-meter heat, heads to semis

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1 p.m.Usain Bolt's bid for a triple-sprint double is on track after winning his preliminary heat in the 200 meters.After winning a gold medal in the 100 for a third consecutive Olympics, Bolt has turned his focus to lowering his world record mark of 19.19 mark in the 200-meters.

  • Photo finish: Weertman leads Dutch sweep of open water races

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was a Dutch sweep at Copacabana.Their first Olympic gold in open water swimming was never in doubt.The second one took a few minutes to sort out.Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands beat Greece's Spiros Gianniotis in a photo finish Tuesday off one of the world's most iconic beaches, a frenetic finish to a 10-kilometer marathon that was in striking contrast to Sharon van Rouwendaal's dominating victory the previous day.

  • Phelps, Ledecky, Biles grace Sports Illustrated cover

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) American gold medal winners Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles are featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.The magazine revealed the cover on its website Tuesday. It shows Phelps with his arms around Ledecky and Biles. They each have gold medals draped around their necks - a combined total of 14.

  • The Latest: Sandra Perkovic of Croatia wins 2nd title.

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Sandra Perkovic of Croatia won her second Olympic discus title.After throwing her first two attempts into the protective netting, Perkovic threw 69.21 meters. Melina Robert-Michon won silver with a French record of 66.73.

  • The Latest: Beijing anti-doping lab reopens

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:20 p.m.The anti-doping laboratory in Beijing is re-opened for testing after a ban of nearly four months.The World Anti-Doping Agency says it lifted a suspension and reaccredited the lab to test urine and blood samples.

  • 'Missing Kidney' wins Brazil's first canoeing medal

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) He was scalded at 3, kidnapped two years later, and lost a kidney when he fell from a tree at 10. To say Isaquias Queiroz had a rough start in life would be an understatement.The 22-year-old became Brazil's first medalist in flatwater canoeing Tuesday, winning a silver in the men's 1,000 meter singles. He's also competing in the 200-meter sprint and the 1,000-meter doubles.

  • The Latest: Britain could claim 3 more golds in cycling

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:55 a.m.Britain could claim three more gold medals and five more total after its riders all advanced through preliminary rounds during the morning track cycling session at the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Weertman gives Dutch sweep of open water golds

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:50 a.m.Netherlands has finished off a sweep of the Olympic open water swimming races with a thrilling victory in the men's 10-kilometer race.Ferry Weertman captured the gold medal at Copacabana after Greece's Spiros Gianniotis crossed under the finish line first but reached up after the Dutchman to touch the timing pad.

  • The Latest: Christian Taylor wins Olympic triple jump gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 a.m.Christian Taylor and Will Claye have done it again, sweeping gold and silver in the triple jump for the United States at back-to-back Olympics.Taylor successfully defended the Olympic title he won in London in 2012, setting down the benchmark on Tuesday with a season-leading mark of 17.86 on his first attempt. He posted the three best jumps of the competition.

  • Brazil hopes to feed off famed Maracana in soccer semifinal

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil will look for inspiration from playing at the historic Maracana Stadium when it faces Honduras in the semifinals of the men's Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday.The decisive game will mark the debut of many of Brazil's youngsters at the famed venue, which is expected to be packed with nearly 70,000 fans hopeful of seeing Brazil stay on track for its first soccer gold medal.

  • The Latest: Brazil president won't attend closing ceremony

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 a.m.Interim President Michel Temer, who was loudly booed by Brazilians at the Olympics' opening ceremony, won't have to face the same jeering crowds when the games come to an end.

  • The Latest: Good Samaritan Hamblin stops in 5,000 heat

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 a.m.Fresh from her world-record setting victory in the 10,000-meters, Almaz Ayana embarked on the second step for a distance double at the Rio Olympics with a comfortable win in her heat of the 5,000.

  • The Latest: New Zealand's Carrington wins 200M kayak gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 a.m.Lisa Carrington has proved once again she's the world's fastest kayaker.The New Zealander won her second straight gold in the women's 200-meter flatwater race, a furious sprint where paddlers go full throttle for about 40 seconds.

  • Usain Bolt's mid-race smile celebrated by meme makers

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt is known of his happy-go-lucky personality and apparently couldn't contain himself from giving his rivals a mid-race grin as he sprinted toward the finish line ahead of the pack during the 100-meter dash semifinals Sunday night.

  • The Latest: Germany's Brendel wins gold in 1,000 meter canoe

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:25 a.m.Sebastian Brendel of Germany beat Brazil's Isaquias Queiroz to win his second consecutive gold medal in the men's 1,000-meters canoe sprint.Brendel and Queiroz were neck-and-neck Tuesday for most of the race but the German pulled ahead in the final 250 meters. Serghei Tarnovschi of Moldova got the bronze.

  • The Latest: Track, gym, velodrome: Rio to hand out 28 golds

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:20 a.m.On Day 11 of the Rio Olympics, Simone Biles is seeking a fourth Olympic gold, one of 28 to be handed out.Her challenge Tuesday comes in the floor exercise, where the American gymnast will try to fend off teammate Aly Raisma. Biles has already earned three golds - and a bronze Monday night when she wobbled during the balance beam final.

  • The Latest: 3 Brazilian teams still in Rio volleyball semis

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:30 a.m.Brazilians love the beach - and they are really loving the beach volleyball competition at the Rio Olympics.That's because Brazil has three entries in Tuesday's men's and women's semifinals, including Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, who eliminated Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena on Monday night. The Brazilians will face the Dutch team of Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

  • The Latest: Open water men tackle Rio's sewage-filled waters

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:50 a.m.It's the men's turn to take to the sewage-filled waters off Copacabana beach for their 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) open water race.Rio de Janeiro is only the second Olympics holding the competition in open ocean waters. At the first Summer Games in 1896, before custom-built pools were the norm, swimming was held in Greece's Bay of Zea.

  • The Latest: US women face Japan in Rio knockout basketball

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:20 a.m.Knockout play at the Olympics is often nerve-wracking - but not so far for the U.S. women's basketball team in Rio.The U.S. women begin their knockout stage Tuesday, facing Japan in a quarterfinal after cruising through the pool play in Rio, winning five games by an average of 40.8 points.

  • The Latest: Gold medalist Viviani unfazed by bike crash

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 a.m.Not too many athletes can be slammed into the hard track of the Olympic velodrome at a high speed, bike and body sprawling in all directions, and get up and finish a 160-lap course to win gold.

  • The Latest: Miller of the Bahamas dives to win 400m gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:20 a.m.For decades, coaches have told sprinters to `lean in' at the finish line.Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas went one step further at the 400 meters in Rio: she dived head-first. The surprising move earned the 22-year-old Miller a gold medal and stunned American Allyson Felix, denying Felix a fifth career gold medal.

  • The Latest: Usain Bolt relaxed, confident as 200 heats begin

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:55 a.m.He's feeling good. And that's never good for his competition.The heats for Usain Bolt's favorite race - the 200 meters - are beginning Tuesday at the Rio Olympics and the Jamaican sprinter is remarkably relaxed.

  • The Latest: The talk at the Rio Games: Atrocious weather

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 a.m.On most days at the Summer Olympics, the talk focuses on times and medals and world records.On Monday in Rio de Janeiro, it was all about the weather.

  • The Latest: Rio Games reveal Brazil's sports gender gap

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 a.m.Brazilian female athletes are shining at the Rio Olympics - and people here are paying attention, some for the first time.In a country where men's soccer is king, Brazilian women have found it difficult to find their place in sports because of the lack of athletic programs, funding and what they call unfair marketing decisions that promote men.

  • Rio Games shine light on lack of sports for Brazilian girls

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Every Friday after nightfall, teenage girls and young women make their way through a middle-class apartment complex and take over a field of emerald green grass. They put on their cleats, tie their hair into ponytails and test their speed with agility drills.

  • Column: Olympic excellence now leads to whispers of cheating

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There may have been a time, when athletes smoked pipes, competed in everyday clothes and didn't tweet sponsored messages, a time that fewer and fewer people can remember, when sports were ''real,'' not theater.Theater requires audiences to suspend their disbelief, to pretend that the cardboard tree on stage is a forest and that the actor holding a skull is Hamlet.

  • US stars Akinradewo, Larson glad they stayed for Olympics

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) So stung by a devastating defeat to Brazil in the championship match of the London Games four years ago, silver medalists Foluke Akinradewo and Jordan Larson each contemplated walking away for good from the U.S. national team and skipping another Olympic cycle.

  • Sometimes it's harder work when things don't go right

    August 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky made it look easy. But not every Olympic favorite wins, and sometimes the difference is as small as an opponent's lunge, or a slip that causes you to grab the balance beam.The stories behind Simone Biles' bronze medal in the balance beam and Allyson Felix's silver in the 400-meter run brought their own challenges to NBC on Monday.

  • Some Olympic athletes find grass is greener far from home

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For Sale: One elite athlete, lightly used. Will swap citizenship, move to your country and even marry to compete for your Olympic team if the price is right. (Note: All marriage proposals must include a photo.)---When it comes to the Olympics, a lot more mercenaries - er, athletes - change allegiances than you'd think.

  • US teen advances in Olympic 400 hurdles despite cold, nerves

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The American teenager was talking as if her time in Rio was done - the competition was just too intimidating, the Olympic atmosphere was too overwhelming and she was bothered by a persistent cold.That's the thing about Sydney McLaughlin, even when she's not at her best and maybe a bit overwhelmed, she still finds a way to get things done. The 17-year-old from Dunellen, New Jersey, cut it close Monday night, but made it through to the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles.

  • The Latest: Cuba's surprise beach volleyball run ends

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:25 p.m.Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov of Russia beat Cuba 22-20, 22-24, 18-16 to reach the beach volleyball semifinals.They will play Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, with the winner going to the gold medal match.

  • An Olympic message to the Brazilian Bob Costas: Shut it!

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When a BBC announcer suggested that a Brazilian broadcaster needed to shut up at the start of a swimming race at the Rio Olympics, he was voicing the feelings of many in the host country.Considered the Bob Costas of Brazil, Carlos Eduardo dos Santos Galvao Bueno - known here simply as Galvao - is a love-him-or-hate-him announcer who is the voice of Brazilian sports. His raucous, over-the-top style helps make big sporting events feel even bigger in Brazil.

  • Mark Cavendish at long last gets Olympic cycling medal

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mark Cavendish has triumphed in 30 stages of the Tour de France, won road racing's world title and captured dozens of other important races to become one of Britain's most successful cyclists.The one thing missing was an Olympic medal.

  • Japan undeterred, medal hopes high with game vs. US looming

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Japanese arrived in Rio beaming with confidence and a very simple goal: Win the country's first Olympic medal in women's basketball.That hasn't changed. Not even facing the daunting task of having to pull off one of the greatest Olympic upsets ever and beat the U.S. women's team to keep that dream alive.

  • The 'other Olympics' are far from beach and tourist spots

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The roads of the Deodoro twist and turn through residential areas, past markets where locals eat lunch outside and parks where children fly paper kites.Grassy hills frame the region to the north and creeks weave through the middle, around ramshackle homes shrouded in trees.

  • Meet 'Missing Kidney,' Brazil's hope for Olympic canoe gold

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) He was scalded at 3, kidnapped two years later, and lost a kidney when he fell from a tree at 10. To say Isaquias Queiroz got a rough start to his life would be an understatement.At the Rio de Janeiro Games, the 22-year-old Brazilian is aiming to become the world's fastest canoeist and the first from the country to win Olympic gold in the sport. He's got three chances, starting with the 1,000-meter canoe singles final on Tuesday.

  • Braz da Silva beats Lavillenie, wins Olympic gold for Brazil

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Thiago Braz da Silva's surprising pole vault victory ensured Brazil's first gold medal in the Olympic Stadium, sparking euphoric celebrations.It also ensured some unpleasant fallout for the hosts.The heckling was so intense that when Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie prepared for his last attempt to extend his title and potentially bump Brazil to silver, he lost his concentration and gave the thumbs down to the thousands of local fans. He lost his gold too, when he failed at 6.08 meters, allowing Braz da Silva's 6.03 Olympic record to stand.

  • Americans denied gold for 1st time since 2008 Games

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Americans were denied a gold medal Monday for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and it took two big stumbles to keep the ''Star Spangled Banner'' on pause.One of the slips cost U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles gold on the balance beam. The other secured Shaunae Miller's win in the women's 400 meters over Allyson Felix, the U.S. star who missed out on her fifth Olympic gold medal.

  • The Latest: Brazil's Thiago Braz wins pole vault gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 a.m.Brazil has won its second gold of the Rio Games when 22-year-old Thiago Braz da Silva upset Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.Lavillenie, of France, first set the Olympic record at 5.98 meters, and boosted by the boisterous home fans, da Silva cleared 6.03 to improve on that mark.

  • Croatia beats Lithuania 90-81 in men's hoops, wins Group B

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Croatia wasn't one of the favorites coming into the men's basketball competition at the Rio Games, yet they finished pool play atop Group B with a 90-81 victory over Lithuania on Monday.Croatia (3-2), which began the day not knowing if it would even advance to the quarterfinal round, will play Serbia (2-3) on Wednesday.

  • David Rudisha retains Olympic title in 800, cements legacy

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) David Rudisha glanced to his left twice as he came round the final bend, waiting for the challenge to come. It didn't. He didn't let it.The world-record holder surged across the line to retain his Olympic title in the 800 meters on Monday, giving no one else a chance and becoming the first man in more than half a century to win back-to-back golds over two laps at the games.

  • The Latest: Brazil's da Silva wins pole vault gold in upset

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:55 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-UPSET ALERT: Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva broke the 6-meter barrier to upset defending champion Renaud Lavillenie and win pole vault gold with an Olympic record of 6.03. Lavillenie, of France, took silver with 5.98 and American Sam Kendricks had bronze with 5.85.

  • Miller's head-first dive at the finish line beats Felix

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For beating Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller gets a gold medal. Maybe they should give her a cape, too.It took a head-first dive, Superwoman-style, for Miller to spring an Olympic upset Monday over America's top female sprinter in the 400 meters and deny her a record fifth gold medal.

  • The Latest: Miller dives to golden 400m, Felix takes silver

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:30 p.m.It took a dramatic dive by Shaunae Miller of Bahamas at the finish line to win the women's 400-meter final, preventing American Allyson Felix from capturing a record fifth Olympic gold medal.

  • Dutch down Argentina to keep field hockey 3-peat alive

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Netherlands survived its toughest test yet in Olympic women's field hockey when it edged No. 2-ranked Argentina 3-2 on Monday to push its gold medal threat into the semifinals.The No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest was a rematch of the 2012 London Games final, but far more thrilling.

  • The Latest: Miller wins gold, Felix silver in women's 400m

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Shaunae Miller of Bahamas has won the women's 400-meter final with a diving finish, preventing American Allyson Felix from capturing a fifth Olympic gold medal. Miller finished in 49.44 on Monday to narrowly hold off world champion Felix, who finished strongly in 49.51. Shericka Jackson of Jamaica won the bronze in 49.85.

  • The Latest: Rudisha wins gold but no world record this time

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 p.m.Middle distance runner David Rudisha won gold - but didn't get a world record this time.The Kenyan won his second Olympic title in a row on Monday by swerving into the lead just after halfway and using his long strides to kick for home.

  • The Latest: Kenya's Rudisha wins gold in men's 800-meters

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: David Rudisha of Kenya has won his second 800-meter Olympic title in a row with a devastating last lap, beating Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria. Clayton Murphy of the United States took bronze. This time, there was no world record, but his time of 1 minute 42.15 was his season's best.

  • Time, effort and money help South Korea rule obscure sports

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) South Korea's women won the Olympic team archery title - for the eighth time in a row. Jin Jong-oh, meanwhile, took gold in the men's 50-meter pistol in Rio de Janeiro - for the third straight games.Some in the small Asian country have an easy, long-cherished explanation for the success: The nation is simply better than everyone else at doing the little things, the things that require laser-like concentration on a small, sometimes tedious and hard-to-master skill.

  • Simone Biles blunder tops trying day at Rio Olympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles is no longer Rio de Janeiro's juggernaut. A mistake on the balance beam prevented the American gymnastics star from a record-tying fourth gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games, which were dogged Monday by rain, wind and fire.

  • Brush fire near Olympic sites rains down ash

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A brush fire caused light ash to fall on the playing surface of the Olympic field hockey venue Monday, and officials are monitoring the nearby mountain bike competition site for problems there.The women's field hockey quarterfinal between Britain and Spain started on time and was not affected as the wind quickly blew away any ash that might have made it on the surface.

  • Foul weather hits Olympics, on the track and at sailing

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was hectic for weather forecasters at the Olympics: high winds, driving rain, fire. Only ice was missing. It was a nightmare for the athletes.At the Olympic Stadium, the song was already cued up. So when a downpour hit Monday night it wasn't long before ''Singin' in the rain'' was blaring.

  • The Latest: Bolt, Gatlin get their 100m medals at ceremony

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 p.m.Usain Bolt received his latest gold and Justin Gatlin picked up his latest silver - this time, without any fuss.A night after Bolt won his third Olympic title at 100 meters, beating Gatlin, the medalists returned to the Rio Games track for the ceremony.

  • The Latest: China leads after men's springboard prelimaries

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 p.m.China leads the standings after men's 3-meter springboard preliminaries.Cao Yuan totaled 498.70 points on Monday as he seeks to add another medal at the Rio Games. Cao won bronze in synchronized 3-meter.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Tuesday

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 11 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, track and field, boxing, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):GYMNASTICSSimone Biles can wrap up her remarkable time in Rio with a fourth Olympic gold medal when she competes in the floor exercise at 2:47 p.m.

  • Column: Judging problems return to Olympic boxing

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Maybe having pros box in the Olympics isn't such a bad idea after all.While they're at it, they might start getting some professional judges, too.A lot of what is still wrong with Olympic boxing was exposed in the heavyweight gold medal fight Monday night, when Russia's Evgeny Tischenko was handed an inexplicable decision win over Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan in a fight that was almost as ugly as the scoring.

  • Paralympics faces further cuts amid Rio funding crisis

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) More cuts will be made to services for athletes at the Paralympics next month unless additional funding is rapidly secured for the cash-strapped games in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Monday.Crisis talks were held Monday by International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven with the Brazilian government and Rio's mayor in a late attempt to preserve the quality of the games in recession-battered Brazil.

  • The Latest: Track and field program resumes after rain delay

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:15 p.m.The evening track and field program has resumed after strong rain and winds delayed competition in Rio de Janeiro.The men's 110-meter hurdles preliminaries started again with one hurdler falling at the finish line.

  • US, Hungary advance to women's water polo semifinals

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. women's water polo team pushed around Brazil for most of Monday afternoon. Led by Ashleigh Johnson's six saves, the Americans carried a shutout into the fourth quarter.Coach Adam Krikorian loved most of the game. It was the last part that annoyed him a bit.

  • Spain beats Argentina 92-73 in men's basketball to advance

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Spain didn't have time to be frustrated after losing the first two games of the Olympics, the Spanish men's basketball team needed to sweep the final three to keep their medal hopes alive.The pair of losses seem to be a distant memory now as Spain advanced to the quarterfinals with a 92-73 win against Argentina and suddenly is playing as well as any team in the tournament.

  • The Latest: Rain, winds put track and field on hold in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:50 p.m.The evening track and field program has been put on hold due to strong winds and rain in Rio de Janeiro.The pole vault final, women's discus preliminaries and men's 110-hurdles were halted Monday night until conditions improve.

  • The Latest: Nurudinov wins Uzbekistan's first lifting gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:45 p.m.Ruslan Nurudinov won gold for Uzbekistan on Monday in the men's 105-kilogram weightlifting division.It was the first medal of any kind in weightlifting for the Central Asian nation, won with 194kg in the snatch and an Olympic-record 237 in the clean and jerk for a total of 431 kilos.

  • The Latest: Russian wins unanimous decision heavyweight gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russian Evgeny Tishchenko held off Kazakhstan fighter Vassiliy Levit by unanimous decision and won the heavyweight gold medal.Levit appeared like he had the fight won, and battered Tishchenko in the head that cut him open and caused a lengthy stoppage in the third round. These are the first Olympics since 1980 where the fighters do not wear headgear.

  • Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez rolls to 3rd Olympic title

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Cuban heavyweight Mijain Lopez once again bested Turkish rival Riza Kayaalp - this time with an Olympic performance that put him in the company of wrestling great Alexander Karelin.Lopez beat Kayaalp 6-0 Monday at the Rio de Janeiro Games to capture his third Greco-Roman gold medal.

  • Biles' run at Olympic history ends with bronze on the beam

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles felt her right foot slip. Then her left.As she reached down to steady herself on the balance beam - her first visible misstep during an astonishing Olympics that includes three gold medals and some of the most boundary pushing gymnastics ever - one thought ran through her head.

  • The Latest: Bolt cheers may have caused JFK airport scare

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:40 p.m.Authorities say travelers at New York's Kennedy Airport cheering and loudly celebrating Usain Bolt's Olympic 100-meter dash victory may have prompted ultimately unfounded reports of gunshots there.

  • The Latest: Wildfire ash blows on Olympic field hockey pitch

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:25 p.m.Ash from a wildfire roughly 10 miles from the Olympic field hockey venue littered the playing surface before the evening session of the women's quarterfinals.

  • A hair-raising moment in beach volleyball at the Olympics

    August 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) As the ball sailed narrowly over American beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser's head and out of bounds, NBC analyst Kevin Wong quipped, ''that's one point when you're happy you're bald.''It was a funny line, and illustrative of the on-target work by Wong and play-by-play man Chris Marlowe during Dalhausser and partner Nick Lucena's Olympic-ending loss to Brazil on Monday. A stiff wind played havoc with conditions, and the NBC crew kept viewers informed on how that affected the match both physically and strategically.

  • Stepanova: If something happens to us, it's not an accident

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The runner who blew the whistle on the doping scandal in Russia fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a database that records her whereabouts.Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly, were the informers who detailed a state-run doping system in Russia that led to the ouster of the country's athletes from the Olympic track meet.

  • Overseas play has helped US women's basketball team dominate

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. women's basketball team's dominating performances at the Olympics over the past two decades isn't the result of simply having the best players in the world.Of course that helps, and continuity plays a major part. But don't discount the players being well versed in the rules and nuances of international basketball. Diana Taurasi and most of her U.S. teammates spend their offseason playing overseas because of the financial incentives.

  • The Latest: Cuban heavyweight Lopez has 3rd Greco-Roman gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Cuban heavyweight Mijain Lopez once again bested Turkish rival Riza Kayaalp - this time with a performance that put him in the company of legendary wrestler Alexander Karelin.

  • Brazil knocks US men out of Olympic beach volleyball

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Beijing gold medalist Phil Dalhausser teamed up with Nick Lucena less than one year ago for a longshot run at the Olympics, it was more out of friendship - and a lack of alternatives - than anything else.Dalhausser was coming off two straight seasons with injuries. Lucena had never been to the Olympics, struggling to find a partnership that worked.

  • US, Hungary advance to women's semifinal

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For all the talk about the team's potent attack, the No. 1 priority for the U.S. women's water polo team is defense.For three quarters on Monday, the Americans were so good that Brazil struggled to find a shot. The fourth period was a different story as Brazil scored the last three goals of the game in a 13-3 victory for the U.S. in the quarterfinals.

  • Rio holds its breath, then winds roar across Olympic courses

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Olympic wind gods held their breath, and then exhaled all at once.First there was too little wind, and then too much.Almost as if someone had flipped a switch, a strong wind from the southwest blew across the Rio de Janeiro Games sailing courses late Monday afternoon, causing mayhem and postponing the medal race in the women's Laser Radial.

  • The Latest: Brouwer, Meeuwsen top Dutch countrymen on beach

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:40 p.m.The Dutch team of Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen advanced at Copacabana on Monday with a 25-23, 21-17 victory over countrymen Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst. Nummerdor, 39, is a three-time Olympian who said afterward he expects to retire.

  • Viviani wins gold for Italy, Cavendish adds to British haul

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Elia Viviani slammed hard into the wooden surface of the Olympic velodrome and thought, just for a fleeting moment, that perhaps his chances of winning a track cycling gold medal were over.Then he stood up. He realized he wasn't hurt. And he saw that he was still leading the omnium.

  • Simone Biles no longer perfect at Rio Games

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles is no longer Rio de Janeiro's juggernaut. A mistake on the balance beam Monday prevented the American gymnastics star from a record-tying fourth gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The blunder allowed Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands to take the gold medal and Laurie Hernandez of the U.S. to slip past her for the silver. It also ended Biles' bid to become the first female gymnast to win five golds in a single Olympics.

  • The Latest: Italy's Viviani has multi-discipline omnium gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Elia Viviani of Italy held off Britain's Mark Cavendish and reigning champion Norman Lasse Hansen of Denmark to win the gold medal in the multi-discipline omnium.

  • IOC steps up security to prevent Sochi-style manipulation

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) From a battery of surveillance cameras to extra security guards, Olympic officials have taken a series of measures inside Rio's doping lab to prevent a repeat of the manipulation of samples that sabotaged the drug-testing system at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

  • The Latest: South Korean cyclist crashes at velodrome in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 p.m.South Korean cyclist Park Sang-hoon has been taken from the velodrome on a stretcher after crashing during the points race, the final event in the multi-discipline omnium competition.

  • The Latest: American Mikaela Mayer loses lightweight bout

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 p.m.Make it 0-2 for the Americans in boxing.Antonio Vargas and Mikaela Mayer both lost their bouts, dropping Team USA to 10-5 in the boxing tournament.

  • Olympic fans injured outside arena when camera falls

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Seven people were injured Monday when an elevated television camera plummeted more than 60 feet to the ground Monday in the Olympic park outside the basketball venue in the latest in a string of mishaps at the Rio Games.The large camera is one of several suspended on cables to provide aerial views of the main Olympic Park. The Olympic Broadcasting Service said two guide cables on its camera snapped, causing it to fall to a lower concourse that feeds into the basketball stadium.

  • Brazil is a step closer to gold, but Sweden comes first

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Brazilians are a step away from a shot at Olympic gold, and nothing could make the host nation's fans happier.Women's soccer has not traditionally been popular in Brazil, but Marta and her teammates have been capturing hearts as they've traveled across the country en route to a semifinal match against Sweden at the Maracana Stadium on Tuesday.

  • IOC reprimands Egyptian who wouldn't shake Israeli's hand

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) An Egyptian athlete who refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand after their judo bout has been reprimanded and sent home from the Rio Olympics, officials said Monday.The International Olympic Committee said Islam El Shehaby received a ''severe reprimand'' for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.

  • The Latest: German coach dies from injuries in Rio car crash

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 p.m.The German Olympic team says canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze has died from injuries sustained in a car crash last week in Rio de Janeiro.Henze, a canoe slalom silver medalist at the 2004 Games, died surrounded by his family. He was 35.

  • NZ upend Aussies in women's field hockey, Germany make semis

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) New Zealand will have a shot at its first Olympic medal in women's field hockey after beating Australia 4-2 in the quarterfinals on Monday.Also, one-time champion Germany scored early and held on to beat the United States 2-1 for its best result since 2012, before the last Olympics.

  • German Olympic coach dies following car accident in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A canoe slalom coach from Germany died Monday after sustaining head injuries last week in a car crash in Rio de Janeiro, the country's Olympic team said.Stefan Henze, who was 35 and won a silver medal in canoe slalom at the 2004 Athens Games, died surrounded by his family, the team said.

  • The Latest: Operator says 7 hurt by falling Olympic camera

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5 p.m.The Olympic Broadcasting Service now says seven people suffered minor injuries when a television camera it operates plummeted about 30 feet in the Olympic park.

  • Germany tops US 2-1 in women's field hockey quarterfinals

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Germany is a step closer to claiming another medal in women's Olympic field hockey. The U.S. once again will leave empty-handed.The Germans held off a late surge by the U.S. to advance to the semifinals with a 2-1 victory, putting them in position to return to the medal podium in an event they won in 2004.

  • Biles' run at history ends with bronze in beam finals

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles' run at Olympic history hit a roadblock on Monday when a mistake on balance beam kept the American gymnastics star from a record-tying fourth gold in Rio.The 19-year-old was in the middle of her routine when she landed awkwardly while completing a front somersault. Her right foot slipped and she reached down with both hands to steady herself. She rolled her eyes as she waited for her score of 14.733 to be posted. While it was still good enough for bronze behind gold medalist Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez of the U.S., it also means Biles' bid to become the first woman to win five golds in a single Olympics is over.

  • IOC: Egyptian who wouldn't shake Israeli's hand reprimanded

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials say an Egyptian judo athlete has been reprimanded and sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent's hand.The International Olympic Committee says Islam El Shehaby received a ''severe reprimand'' for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday.

  • The Latest: Egyptian judoka sent home for handshake refusal

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:40 p.m.Olympic officials say an Egyptian judo athlete has been reprimanded and sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent's hand.The International Olympic Committee says Islam El Shehaby received a ''severe reprimand'' for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson last Friday.

  • The Latest: Netherlands' Wevers wins balance beam gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands has ended Simone Biles' run at Olympic history.Wevers topped Biles in the balance beam finals Monday, posting a score of 15.466 to finish well ahead of Biles, who took bronze after she grabbed the beam to steady herself in the middle of her routine. The 19-year-old was attempting to become the first female gymnast to win five medals in a single Olympics. She will get a chance to add to her three golds on Tuesday in the floor exercise finals.

  • Close to a medal, Brazil tries not to get too optimistic

    August 15, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) With the Olympic soccer gold medal only two games away, Brazil is trying hard to manage expectations.The Olympic title is the only significant championship Brazil hasn't won in men's soccer.''We can't start thinking about the final,'' Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus said. ''We have to go step by step. We need to keep our calm and continue to work hard.''

  • Bolt says tight schedule slowed down 100-meter sprinters

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt rarely complains about going too fast.After the rushed road to Sunday night's 100-meter final, he had to make an exception.Faced with a turnaround time of barely over an hour between the semifinal and final, Bolt had trouble gearing up to be at his best for the marquee event of the Olympics.

  • Nene leads Brazil past Nigeria 86-69 in Olympic basketball

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nene scored 19 points, Marcelinho Huertas had 11 assists and Brazil kept its chances of advancing to the men's basketball quarterfinals alive with a 86-69 win over Nigeria on Monday.A loss would have eliminated the Brazilians. They're still not guaranteed a spot in the round of eight as Group B, which includes Argentina, Spain and Lithuania, still needs to be sorted out.

  • Second gold for Dujardin and Valegro in dressage

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro clinched a second successive gold dressage medal on Monday, setting an Olympic record in the process.In their last Olympics together before Valegro retires, the British rider posted a score of 93.857 percent, beating the record she set in London four years ago.

  • The Latest: Biles wobbles on balance beam, won't take gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:10 p.m.Simone Biles' drive for five Olympic gold medals is over.The Olympic all-around champion wobbled during the middle of her routine during balance beam finals Monday. She landed awkwardly while completing a front somersault and grabbed the beam with both hands to avoid falling down.

  • The Latest: Olympic park aerial camera falls, injures 2

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 p.m.A television camera fell in the Olympic park, plummeting about 30 feet and injuring two women.A witness says the large camera, which moved back and forth along wires providing aerial views of the main Olympic park, was being examined Monday on a bridge overlooking the entrance to the Carioca 1 arena.

  • A gold medal for Rose, and for golf

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The significance of a gold medal hit Justin Rose at a moment he wasn't expecting.Long after the medal was draped around his neck and the British flag was raised to ''God Save The Queen,'' Rose called his 7-year-old son expecting a small measure of disappointment. The plan was to take his son, Leo, to a Chelsea game on Monday night, except that Rose missed his flight to England.

  • Iranian fan allowed to hold her sign at volleyball venue

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Iranian sports fan and activist Darya Safai returned to the Olympic volleyball venue repeating her message and hoping the whole world hears: ''Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums.''After discussions with about a half-dozen venue officials - including in Farsi - leading up to the Iran men's team's match with defending champion Russia, she was allowed to stay Monday and hold her sign in a front-row, courtside seat.

  • Biles tries to make it 4 for 4 in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles will try to make it 4 for 4 when the Olympic all-around champion competes on the balance beam finals at the Rio Games on Monday. World champion Allyson Felix goes for her fifth Olympic gold medal when she runs in the women's 400-meter final.

  • The Latest: North Korea's Se Gwang Ri wins men's vault gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Se Gwang Ri of North Korea picked up his country's second gold medal in Rio, edging Denis Abliazin for gold in the men's vault final Monday.

  • Study finds women competitors dominate NBC's prime time

    August 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) During the first half of the Olympics, women have dominated the screen on NBC in the evening.Through Saturday night, 58.5 percent of the competition time on NBC's prime-time telecasts involved women's sports, with 41.5 percent devoted to men, according to research released Monday by three college professors writing a book, ''Olympic Television: Inside the Biggest Show on Earth.''

  • Last-gasp goals fuel German belief in men's field hockey

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With 5 minutes left, Moritz Furste thought he was playing his last game for Germany.With 40 seconds left, he was mentally tuning in for a draw.And with time up, he was as stunned as everyone else at the Olympic Hockey Stadium.At 2-0 down against New Zealand in the men's field hockey quarterfinals, Germany leveled on Furste's penalty corner goals in the 56th and last minutes, the latter with 41 seconds to go. Then they counter-attacked, and a right cross threaded past five Kiwis before Florian Fuchs dived to guide it in with 1 second left.

  • The Latest: Rio lab's security to avoid Sochi-style cheating

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:10 p.m.The International Olympic Committee is taking extra security measures at the Olympic doping lab in Rio de Janeiro to prevent a repeat of the brazen manipulation of samples at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

  • Go USA! Go Coach? For US basketball fans, Olympics a change

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) You love them now, right America?Mike Krzyzewski and Geno Auriemma may have their haters in college basketball, but this is the Olympics. This is when patriotic pride trumps school spirit, when there is no Tar Heel blue, only red, white and blue.

  • The Latest: Reigning world champ wins men's still rings gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece has won the Olympic gold medal in men's still rings.The reigning world champion put together a precise routine, finishing with a stuck dismount to post a score of 16.000. Arthur Zanetti of Brazil captured silver, delighting the home crowd inside Rio Olympic Arena. The crowd repeatedly shushed itself during Zanetti's set then exploded when his score of 15.766 flashed.

  • The Latest: Anti-doping system hack worries whistleblower

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova says she fears for her safety since hackers infiltrated both her email account and the anti-doping system that keeps track of her whereabouts.

  • Wlodarczyk breaks hammer world record using friend's glove

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Every time Anita Wlodarczyk throws the hammer, she has a reminder right there with her of the friend she lost.Wlodarcyk broke her own world record to win Olympic gold medal on Monday and she did it using the old, gray and tattered left glove of former champion and close friend Kamila Skolimowska.

  • US men's volleyball team beats Mexico to reach quarterfinals

    August 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Taylor Sander leapt high for timely blocks. He went low for a save at floor level to keep a winning point going. Then, he squatted way down to send another tough ball back over the net.At last, the U.S. men's volleyball team is playing the very brand of volleyball the Americans knew they had in them to make a special run at the Olympics. It just took a few days longer than expected to get going and find a winning groove.

  • The Latest: British rider gets Olympic record, dressage gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro have clinched a second successive gold dressage medal, setting an Olympic record in the process.To the sound of samba music, the British rider posted a score of 93.857 percent and beat the record she set in London four years ago, also on Valegro.

  • Ko and the women get their shot at Olympic golf

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Lydia Ko could hear the cheers as she played the Olympic Golf Course, only they weren't for her.Not yet, anyway.The No. 1 player in women's golf played five holes about the time Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were battling to the very end for the sport's first Olympic medals in 112 years. She did make it to the 18th green in time to see the medals, and she got a photo with Rose and his gold.

  • Big shot: Brazil's Schmidt changed Olympic basketball

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) That's him, the man who changed international basketball. He's the one who single-handedly beat the United States on its own soil nearly 30 years ago, stoking the ambers that led to the Dream Team.The greatest scorer in the history of the game, by a bunch, he's perhaps the best player to never to slip on an NBA jersey.

  • The Latest: Russia stays atop synchro swimming standings

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:30 p.m.Russia is atop the standings after the duet technical routine in synchronized swimming.Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina scored 96.4577 points for their routine Monday. They also led after the free routine a day earlier, giving them a combined score of 194.5244.

  • Jamaican Campbell-Brown bows out in 1st round of 200 in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Highly decorated Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown will see a 200-meter Olympic final from a peculiar spot - the sideline.The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event didn't make it out of the first round Monday, finishing third in her heat.

  • The Latest: Kenyan disqualified in hurdles after crashing

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 p.m.Nicholas Bett, who won a surprising world title in the 400-meter hurdles last year, has been disqualified in the first round at the Olympics.The 26-year-old Kenyan was contending for the lead in heat 5 when he crashed into the 10th and last hurdle. He stumbled and crossed the finish in last spot, and was later disqualified. Michael Tinsley, the Olympic silver medalist in 2012, also failed to qualify after placing fifth in the last heat.

  • Irish boxing star Taylor stunned in lightweight bout

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katie Taylor trudged out of the ring with a white towel around her neck, and needed time to compose herself and find the right words for her stunning exit.The star of the London Games, the Irish fighter's Olympics lasted just one bout.

  • The Latest: Wind disappears for canoe sprinters

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:30 p.m.The rowers are gone and so is the wind.The canoe sprint competition has started on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon without the blustery conditions that dominated the rowing regatta last week.

  • The Latest: Russia to hear next week about Paralympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 p.m.Russia will find out early next week whether it can compete at the Rio Paralympics after filing an appeal against its ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Sharon van Rouwendaal romps to open water win at Copacabana

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The sewage-filled waters off Copacabana weren't much of an issue for the open water swimmers.''It tastes like ocean,'' American Haley Anderson said nonchalantly.Instead, the women's Olympic race will be remembered for something more familiar in the rough-and-tumble sport - a disqualification right at the finish line that lifted Brazil to a bronze, its first swimming medal of the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: : Russia to hear next week about Paralympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 p.m.Russia will find out early next week whether it can compete at the Rio Paralympics after filing an appeal against its ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • The Latest: : Pole wins hammer

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:50 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland has won the Olympic women's hammer throw gold medal with a world record of 82.29 meters.Zhang Wenxiu of China took silver with her season-best 76.75 and Sophie Hitchon of Britain moved into the bronze medal position with her last attempt of 74.54.

  • Olympic-goers get an eyeful of Rio's beauty-consumed culture

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Each morning, 75-year-old Jose Rebamar works his biceps, triceps and quadriceps with stone weights at an outside gym that looks out on Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain.Living in a city of near daily sunshine and warm weather, the ex-Brazilian Navy sailor says there is no excuse to ever slow down. And having the Olympics in town provides even more incentive to stay in shape. Rebamar has been watching the games on television every night.

  • The Latest: : Jebet wins steeplechase

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:50 a.m.Ruth Jebet opened a huge gap halfway through and didn't look back to win gold in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in the second fastest time ever.

  • The Latest: : Rio Games apologizes to U.S. swimmers

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:45 a.m.The spokesman for the Rio Games organizing committee has apologized to U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates over how they were robbed earlier this week, and revealed that security officials have been asked to be even more vigilant going forward.

  • The Latest:World champ Anita Wlodarczyk breaks own record

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:35 a.m.World champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland broke her own world record with her third attempt in the Olympic women's hammer throw final.Wlodarczyk, who was a silver medalist at the London Olympics and won the world title last year, threw 82.29 meters to surpass the previous mark of 81.08 she set in Poland last year.

  • The Latest: Jebet of Bahrain wins gold in steeplechase

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---11:30 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ruth Jebet of Bahrain wins gold in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase ahead of Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi and American Emma Coburn.

  • The Latest: Poland's Wlordarczyk sets new world record

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20 a.m.WORLD RECORD ALERT: Anita Wlordarczyk of Poland sets world record of 82.29 meters in women's hammer throw.---11:20 a.m.Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands has cruised to a dominating victory in women's 10-kilometer open water swimming at Fort Copacabana.

  • The Latest: Van Rouwendaal of Netherlands wins open water

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20 a.m.Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands has cruised to a dominating victory in women's 10-kilometer open water swimming at Fort Copacabana.She earned gold in 1 hour, 56 minutes and 32.1 seconds - winning by 16.6 seconds.

  • The Latest: Campbell-Brown misses out at Olympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 a.m.Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has missed out on qualifying for the semifinals in the women's 200 meters.The 34-year-old Campbell-Brown, who won the 2004 and '08 Olympic titles and was a bronze medalist at the last world championships, was third in the last of nine first-round heats and her time of 22.97 seconds was not fast enough to progress.

  • The Latest: Open water swimming underway at Copacabana

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 a.m.The women's 10-kilometer open water swimming competition is underway at Fort Copacabana.Under sunny skies and a slight breeze, 26 women waded into the Atlantic Ocean and started the race about 250 yards off-shore. The starting platform wasn't used after it broke into three pieces during bad weather last week.

  • The Latest: Brazilian tossed out of Paralympics for doping

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:45 a.m.The International Paralympic Committee says Brazilian athlete Luciano Dos Santos Pereira will miss his home Paralympics after receiving a four-year doping ban.

  • The Latest: Britain rejoices at 5 golds in 1 day at Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:25 a.m.It's one happy day in Britain as the country celebrates the five gold medals it won Sunday at the Rio Olympics.British athletes have won 15 golds at the games so far, putting their nation ahead of China in total medals and second only to the Americans on the medal table in Rio.

  • Inside an Olympian's testosterone ordeal

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The young athlete, now competing at the Rio Games, always considered herself to be a girl just like the others, a girl who loved to run. Then the governing body of track and field told her she was different, so different that her track career could be over.

  • The Latest: On the track, in the water: Day 10 at Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:50 a.m.Day 10 of the Rio Games features athletes competing for 17 gold medals.On the track, world champion Allyson Felix of the United States will be going for her fifth career Olympic gold medal in the women's 400-meter final. There are also medals up for grabs in men's pole vault and men's 800 meters.

  • Only on AP: Inside an Olympian's testosterone ordeal

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The young athlete, now competing at the Rio Games, always considered herself to be a girl just like the others, a girl who loved to run. Then the governing body of track and field told her she was different, so different that her track career could be over.

  • The Latest: 17 years and 43.03 seconds to break 400m record

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:20 a.m.It only took 17 years - and 43.03 seconds.Exploding out of the blocks Sunday, Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa broke Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record in the 400 meters in Rio de Janeiro, leaving two of the greatest one-lap runners of this era in his dust.

  • Russia's Klishina wins appeal, can compete at Rio Olympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday that Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's long jump qualifying because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug testing.

  • The Latest: IAAF accepts court ruling; Klishina to compete

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:50 a.m.The world track and field body has accepted a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and says Russian long jumper Darya Klishina will be competing at the Rio Olympics.

  • The Latest: Balancing act: Simone Biles seeks 4th Rio gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:30 a.m.How many gold medals can one gymnast collect at one Olympics?Simone Biles is trying to find out.The 19-year-old American will try to make it 4 for 4 as she seeks another gold Monday on the balance beam in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Rio's dirty water tests athletes in open swim

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5 a.m.The real test of Rio's dirty water - or maybe Olympic athletes' immune systems - is about to begin.The women's 10-kilometer marathon swim is taking place Monday just off of Copacabana Beach and most of the elite swimmers will take about two hours to complete the 6.2-mile course.

  • The Latest: It wasn't pretty: Andy Murray wins gold in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:25 p.m.It wasn't pretty. It involved heavy humidity, see-sawing momentum and 102 unforced errors from both players.But in the end, Britain's Andy Murray became the first tennis player in Olympic history with two singles gold medals, winning his second in a row by wearing down Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in a 4-hour final Sunday night.

  • The Latest: You knew he could do it: Bolt takes 100m gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:40 a.m.You knew he could do it, he knew he could do it.And he did it.Usain Bolt sauntered onto the track Sunday night and waved his hands, signaling for more applause even before the race in Rio de Janeiro began.

  • The Latest: Russian long jumper gets OK to compete at Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 a.m.The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday morning that long jumper Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's qualifying.

  • The Latest: Klishina wins appeal to compete in Rio

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 a.m.The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday morning that long jumper Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's qualifying.

  • Happy Birthday and a spot in the semis for Walsh Jennings

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) NBA stars came out to cheer for her. The crowd at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue sang ''Happy Birthday.''And Kerri Walsh Jennings earned a spot in the Olympic semifinals.All in all, a pretty good first 40 minutes as a 38-year-old.

  • Darya Klishina wins appeal, can compete at Olympics

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday that long jumper Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's qualifying because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug-testing.

  • Justin Gatlin loses out on gold, gets booed too

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Losing is one thing. Justin Gatlin didn't expect he'd get booed at the Olympic 100-meter final, too.''We all have respect for each other,'' the American sprinter said of his fellow competitors. ''I'd like to see everyone have respect in the audience, as well.''

  • Murray, del Potro, Puig, others cared about Olympic tennis

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For a sport supposedly filled with folks who don't care about the Olympics, there sure was a lot of crying during the tennis competition at the Rio de Janeiro Games.From Andy Murray, who became the first man or woman to win two singles golds. From Juan Martin del Potro, who earned the silver, losing to Murray 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the final Sunday.

  • Canadian women's soccer returns to Olympic semifinals

    August 15, 2016

    Canada is back in soccer's medal round at the Olympics, and this time the team wants more.The Canadian women surprisingly reached the podium four years ago at the London Games, beating France 1-0 for the bronze medal. The Canadians again knocked off the higher-ranked French in the quarterfinals in Brazil, earning a semifinal match against Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

  • Column: Usain Bolt can't end the greatest show in track yet

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Not so fast, Usain Bolt.Please don't run away from us after this Olympics. Don't even think about putting an end to the greatest show in track.The Olympics need you badly. The sport of track needs you desperately.On a beautiful night in Rio, the most beautiful sight at the Olympic Stadium had to be Bolt chasing down Justin Gatlin and pulling away to an unprecedented third straight Olympic gold in the race that crowns the fastest man on earth.

  • A break in the streak had a golden outcome for Ibarguen

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a gold medal on the line for Colombia, Caterine Ibarguen was not going to slip up this time.A few months, ago, the triple jumper was riding the longest winning streak in athletics - 34 competitions stretching back four years. If anyone had an aura of invincibility, it was Ibarguen.

  • Basketball gives 1980 Olympian opportunity to attend games

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jill Rankin Schneider no longer has to wonder what it's like being at the Olympics, even if she'll never know the feeling of actually competing in the games.She was a member of the second U.S. Olympic women's basketball team. But when America boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games, the Olympic window for Schneider - and many others - closed.

  • Cup Craze: Souvenir Olympic cups are suddenly a hot item

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Will Rodriguez put his collectible cup down just for a second, then - swoosh! - it was swiped.He owned one of the hottest souvenirs of the Rio de Janeiro Games: A plastic Olympic gymnastics beer cup.''That was a good one,'' Rodriguez, of Dallas, lamented.

  • The Latest: Walsh Jennings, Ross make beach volleyball semis

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1 a.m.Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross are in the Olympic beach volleyball semifinals.They'll play defending world champions Agatha and Barbara on the Brazilians' home sand to clinch a medal.

  • The Latest: Bolt, Gatlin not thrilled with short turnaround

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 a.m.Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin are not thrilled with the schedulers who put only an hour between the semifinals and the finals of the men's 100-meters.Gatlin says there wasn't enough turnaround time and he had only 30 minutes to prepare.

  • Column: Usain Bolt can't end the greatest show in track ye

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Not so fast, Usain Bolt.Please don't run away from us after this Olympics. Don't even think about putting an end to the greatest show in track.The Olympics need you badly. The sport of track needs you desperately.On a beautiful night in Rio, the most beautiful sight at the Olympic Stadium had to be Bolt chasing down Justin Gatlin and pulling away to an unprecedented third straight Olympic gold in the race that crowns the fastest man on earth.

  • The Latest: Bolt expected an easier race to the 100m title

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:20 a.m.Usain Bolt expected an easier race to the men's 100-meter title than in years past.Why? The Jamaican said he's in far better shape than he was a year ago, when his races were ''pretty much a dog fight.''

  • Serbia beats China 94-60, advances in men's basketball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals in men's basketball with a 94-60 victory over China on Sunday night.The Chinese (0-5) were eliminated, going winless for the second consecutive Olympics.Serbia (2-3), which finished fourth in Group A, blew the game open in the third quarter with a 17-0 run to take a 60-30 lead. The Serbs' defense picked up as well and China struggled to score, shooting just 25 percent in the quarter.

  • Star time for NBC's Olympics coverage with Usain B

    August 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) After Usain Bolt's dominating performance in the 100-meter semifinals, NBC track analyst Ato Boldon summed up the chances that a rival could prevent the Jamaican from winning a third Olympic gold medal in track's showcase event: ''You better hope he loses a shoe or something in the finals.''

  • The 'golden boy' Schooling mobbed on return to Singapore

    August 14, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) It was a photo taken with Michael Phelps that inspired Joseph Schooling to Olympic gold. So when he was mobbed by fans on his return to Singapore, he made sure he posed for a few.Hundreds packed Singapore's Changi Airport as the 21-year-old Schooling returned from Rio de Janeiro with an Olympic gold medal around his neck on Monday. He beat his idol in the 100-meter butterfly to deliver the first ever Olympic gold medal for the city-state of 5.54 million.

  • Star time for NBC's Olympics coverage with Usain Bolt

    August 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) After Usain Bolt's dominating performance in the 100-meter semifinals, NBC track analyst Ato Boldon summed up the chances that a rival could prevent the Jamaican from winning a third Olympic gold medal in track's showcase event: ''You better hope he loses a shoe or something in the finals.''

  • The Latest: Blake calls Bolt 'an icon and true warrior'

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 p.m.Yohan Blake failed to medal in the men's 100-meters but paid tribute to Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt.Blake finished fourth and called Bolt ''an icon and true warrior of the sport.''

  • Hungary beats Brazil 10-6 to clinch spot in quarterfinals

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hungary goaltender Viktor Nagy held his fingers to his lips, and the crowd responded with a loud round of boos.Brazil was looking to win Group A in the Olympic men's water polo tournament. Australia was hoping to sneak into the quarterfinals. Nagy had other ideas.

  • Usain Bolt still the fastest man in the world

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Even a lumbering start couldn't slow down the world's fastest man.Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The Jamaican great defeated American rival Justin Gatlin by .08 seconds for his seventh Olympic gold medal. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.

  • The Latest: Bolt gives fans 'To the World Pose' after gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 p.m.Minutes after winning Olympic gold, Usain Bolt unlaced his now-famous gold spikes and took selfies with fans in the near-capacity stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Van Niekerk shatters world record in 400 to win Olympic gold

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Exploding out of the blocks in lane eight, Wayde van Niekerk didn't see another runner during the entire Olympic 400-meter final.He didn't need to. It was just him against the clock.The South African sprinter broke Michael Johnson's 17-year-old world record on Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, leaving two of the greatest one-lap runners of this era in his dust. Van Niekerk finished in 43.03 seconds - 0.15 seconds faster than Johnson ran on Aug. 26, 1999, in Seville, Spain. To think, Johnson's mark was considered one of the almost untouchable records in track.

  • Dutch crush Aussies, Germans win epic in field hockey

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gold-medal favorite Australia will not medal in Olympic men's field hockey for the first time in 28 years after losing to the Netherlands 4-0 in the quarterfinals on Sunday.And Germany scored twice in the last 41 seconds to beat New Zealand 3-2 and stay on track for a third successive Olympic gold medal.

  • The Latest: Bolt wins 100m for 7th overall Olympic gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 p.m.Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds for his seventh overall Olympic gold.

  • The Latest: Usain Bolt takes unprecedented third 100m gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt wins unprecedented third Olympic gold in 100 meters, defeating Justin Gatlin of the US by .08 seconds.---10:20 p.m.Florian Fuchs scored with no time remaining on the clock, and two-time defending Olympic champion Germany scored twice in the final minute to beat New Zealand 3-2 Sunday in the men's field hockey quarterfinals.

  • Bolt shines bright, wins another gold in Olympic 100

    August 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt sauntered onto the track, stretched out his arms and waved his hands, signaling for more applause.He knew exactly how this night was going to go.The sprinter-turned-showman's swan song in the Olympic 100 meters Sunday night was a no-doubter - a pedestrian-by-his-standards 9.81-second sprint down the straightaway, but not so slow that he couldn't take time to point at his own chest with his thumb a step before he crossed the finish line.

  • The Latest: Runner blames helicopter for semis false start

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10 p.m.Andrew Fisher saw his chances at making the men's 100-meter final dashed when he false started in the semifinals.The sprinter representing Bahrain blamed a hovering helicopter.

  • The Latest: Colombia's Ibarguen wins triple jump gold in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia has won the triple jump at the Rio Games, with a jump of 15.17 meters on her fourth attempt to win the gold. Yulimar Rochas of Venezuela took silver with 14.98 and defending champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan settled for bronze with 14.74.

  • The Latest: South African sets 400m world record for gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world record 43.03 seconds. Van Niekerk, running in the outside lane, stormed out of the blocks and held off of 2012 champion Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt. He lowered the mark of 43.18 that Michael Johnson set in Seville, Spain, in 1999.

  • Netherlands routs Australia in men's field hockey quarters

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Netherlands doesn't get humiliated often in men's field hockey.When it happens, the Dutch don't forget.Armed with memories from a blowout loss to Australia in the World Cup Final in 2014, the Netherlands took control from the start of their Olympic quarterfinal match. Billy Bakker scored 49 seconds into the match to set the tone in a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

  • Bolt, Gatlin in 100 final; Bolt cheered, Gatlin booed

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The biggest clash on the Olympic track is on!Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin both won their 100-meter semifinal heats and are set to resume their tense rivalry later Sunday in the final.And the near sellout crowd at the 60,000-capacity Olympic stadium immediately showed where their support would go - wildly cheering Bolt and roundly booing Gatlin.

  • The Latest: Bolt, Gatlin win their 100m semifinals in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:20 p.m.Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin set up the biggest clash on the Olympic track by both winning their 100 meters semifinals.Bolt was slow out of the blocks again but powered through the midsection before easing across the line in a season's best of 9.86. He had time to look left and right before turning the power off, showing off the smile the world has come to love. Andre de Grasse of Canada finished in 9.92 to go through.

  • France breaks golden drought in fencing, wins men's epee

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The golden drought is over for France in fencing.One of the sport's traditional powers won its first fencing gold medal since 2008, easily defeating Italy 45-31 in the men's team epee final on Sunday at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

  • Andy Murray 1st to win 2 Olympic tennis singles golds

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andy Murray is making a habit of accomplishing things that hadn't been done in a while.Or ever.Murray became the first tennis player in Olympic history with two singles gold medals, winning his second in a row by wearing down Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Rio de Janeiro Games in a final that lasted a tad more than 4 hours Sunday.

  • The Latest: World champ Felix runs season-best in 400m heat

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 p.m.World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 to lead the qualifiers into the women's 400-meter final.Felix is running only in the 400 after missing a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter title by failing to make the U.S. team. She went out hard and coasted to the finish ahead of Shaunae Miller, the world championship silver medalist of Bahamas.

  • Top-ranked US women's volleyball team goes unbeaten in group

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Never did Karch Kiraly expect the women's volleyball Group B winner to go unblemished.He probably had little idea captain Christa Dietzen would be the one to deliver during the latest impressive U.S. victory, either.Dietzen made the final kill of the third set and provided a big lift off the bench, helping the top-ranked Americans (5-0) put themselves in prime position in this Olympic tournament. They responded from a one-set deficit to beat China 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 on Sunday, and now will face Japan in the Rio de Janeiro Games quarterfinals Tuesday at Maracanazinho arena. China must face two-time defending champion Brazil (5-0), which swept Russia in Sunday's late match and is yet to drop a set.

  • The Latest: Murray 1st to win 2 Olympic tennis singles golds

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Andy Murray of Britain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.Murray's 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday at the Rio Games makes him the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row.

  • Aussies roll to 81-56 win vs. Venezuela in men's basketball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pool play is over for the Australia men's basketball team after the Aussies defeated Venezuela 81-56 on Sunday night.Australia (4-1) had already secured the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals before the game and rested point guard Patty Mills, whose 20.5 points per game ranks second at the Rio Games. The U.S. holds the No. 1 seed in Group A.

  • Silver medal and an engagement ring for Chinese diver

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.He Zi of China settled for silver in women's 3-meter springboard on Sunday before accepting an even bigger prize: an engagement ring.He's boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai surprised her with a marriage proposal as she stepped off the medal podium. A serious-looking Qin got down on bended knee and appeared to speak at length to He before opening a small box.

  • Nadal says ailing left wrist bothers him only on forehand

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rafael Nadal says his ailing left wrist bothers him on his forehand but not on his backhand or serve.The 14-time major champion elaborated on the injury Sunday after his Olympics ended with a loss to Kei Nishikori in the bronze medal match. He says that ''without a doubt it's been a positive week in all aspects - I've played for many hours and the wrist at least didn't get worse.''

  • The Latest: Phelps says he'll immerse himself in fatherhood

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:40 p.m.Michael Phelps insists his swimming career is over. He's got big plans for the next phase of his life, and it starts with being a father to 3-month-old son Boomer.

  • His career over, Phelps looks forward to being full-time dad

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool.He's ready to start branching out.At the top of the list: being a father.The most decorated athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

  • Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really hurtful'

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The hope for one last trip to the Olympic medal podium gone when she stalled early in her routine during the uneven bars final on Sunday, Gabby Douglas decided to take a stand of a different kind.Against the online criticism that's dogged the 2012 Olympic champion seemingly from the moment the gold medal was draped around her neck four years ago. Against the backlash on everything from her hair to her attitude. Against the bullying on social media that's left her staring down at her phone in disbelief too many times to count.

  • Argentina men out from women's shadow in Rio field hockey

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When the question has been ''Argentina plus field hockey,'' the answer has usually been ''Las Leonas.''The Lionesses, the national women's team.Featuring the great Luciana Aymar, the women in this century, alone, medaled at the last four Olympics, won two World Cups and seven Champions Trophies.

  • Vlasov gets Russian wrestlers off to strong start in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Russia's powerhouse wrestling program came through the recent doping scandal that enveloped many of the nation's other athletes unscathed.Roman Vlasov is hoping his team can rack up the medals in Rio and serve as a source of pride for the rest of its country.

  • Mattek-Sands, Sock win mixed doubles gold medal in tennis

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Bethanie Mattek-Sands figures she'll retire the stars and stripes socks and frame them with her gold medal.In an all-American mixed doubles final Sunday, Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won the title as first-time Olympians. And they did it against an opponent who has won as many medals - and as many golds - as any tennis player in history.

  • Cuban boxers have same skills, but a sunnier attitude in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Robeisy Ramirez flummoxed his opponent for three Olympic rounds, landing precise punches and nimbly avoiding trouble. From bell to bell, the gold medalist showcased the same spectacular skills common to so many fighters from Cuba's matchless boxing institution over the previous half-century.

  • The Latest: Dutch beat Australia in Olympic field hockey

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8 p.m.The Netherlands defeated Australia 4-0 in a men's field hockey quarterfinal match between the world's top two teams on Sunday night.The second-ranked Dutch advanced to play neighbor Belgium in a Tuesday semifinal. Belgium defeated India 3-1 earlier in the day.

  • Spain rolls past Canada 73-60 in women's basketball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Alba Torrens scored 20 points and helped Spain finish second in Group B by beating Canada 73-60 and ensuring they avoid playing the Americans until at least the gold medal game in women's basketball.Now Spain (4-1) will play Turkey in the quarterfinals Tuesday, while Canada (3-2) plays France with a potential matchup against the U.S. in the semifinals Thursday. Neither Spain nor Canada has finished better than fourth at the Olympics.

  • Wiggins inspired to Rio glory by coach under investigation

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Preparing for his final race before retirement in the Olympic velodrome, Bradley Wiggins' phone flashed with a message.''Don't think records. Think medal,'' the British cyclist recalled reading. ''It's about going out and killing off opposition now. Stay relaxed in the line. Deliver. You'll become the greatest by end of play because you are.

  • Lochte: US swimmers are 'safe and unharmed' after robbery

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings.In the latest security incident to hit the Rio de Janeiro Games, Lochte told NBC that one of the robbers put a gun to his forehead before taking his wallet. No one was injured.

  • Max Whitlock gives Britain 1st gold medals in gymnastics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain had never won an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics before Sunday.In a span of about an hour, Max Whitlock gave the British two.He already had won a bronze medal in men's all-around at the Rio Games, then took the top spot in the floor exercise and pommel horse Sunday. He wasn't able to properly celebrate after the floor because his two events started just more than 90 minutes apart.

  • Brazil (barely), Germany reach women's beach semifinals

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After rallying from a first-set loss and surviving three match points in the second, Larissa took the microphone at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue to deliver a message that even the Swiss supporters could understand.''Muito obrigado,'' she told the screaming fans after teaming with Talita to beat Switzerland 21-23, 27-25, 15-13 on Sunday.

  • Great Scott: Emotional Brit wins Finn Olympic sailing gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There was no way Giles Scott could be a proper Briton and keep a stiff upper lip as he closed in on winning the gold medal in the Finn class in the Rio Olympics sailing regatta.Approaching the finish line, ''I just found myself welling up in tingles as it slowly dawned on me what I had done,'' Scott said Sunday.

  • The Latest: France wins fencing gold in men's team epee

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: France has won the gold medal in men's team epee, easily defeating Italy 45-31 in a matchup between two of the sport's traditional powers.Until Sunday, France overall had won just one silver and one bronze in fencing in the Rio Olympics. They were left off the podium entirely in 2012 in London.

  • Wiggins inspired to Olympic glory by coach under inves

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Preparing for his final race before retirement in the Olympic velodrome, Bradley Wiggins' phone flashed with a message.''Don't think records. Think medal,'' the British cyclist recalled reading. ''It's about going out and killing off opposition now. Stay relaxed in the line. Deliver. You'll become the greatest by end of play because you are.

  • The Latest: Russian wrestler wins gold in Greco-Roman event

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russia wrestler Roman Vlasov won gold for the second Olympics in a row, taking first at 75 kilograms in the Greco-Roman event.Vlasov beat Denmark's Mark Madsen 5-1 on SundaY, his second straight win over the Dane in the world finals.

  • Argentina, Spain aging but not done yet in men's basketball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Together, they helped shove the U.S. from the top of the world in men's basketball.Argentina and Spain produced their greatest generations at the same time, icons who were capable of beating the mighty Americans. They once did in the same tournament - on U.S. soil.

  • They can see clearer now at troubled Olympic aquatics venue

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Goodbye green. It's back to clear water in the pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, allowing synchronized swimmers to see underwater on the first day of Olympic competition.Officials completed pumping nearly 1 million gallons of clean water into the pool used for synchro with little time to spare before Sunday's free routine preliminary began. They had raced to drain green-tinged water out of the pool overnight at a venue that has embarrassed local organizers.

  • The Latest: Swimmer Adrian not worried after Lochte robbed

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:40 p.m.American swimmer Nathan Adrian says he's not concerned about his safety after four of his teammates were robbed by armed men in Rio de Janeiro.The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings. The robbery was the latest security incident to hit the Rio Games.

  • Olympic ring: Chinese divers take plunge with engagement

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.He Zi of China received a silver medal in women's 3-meter springboard Sunday before accepting something else - an engagement ring.He's boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai surprised her with a marriage proposal as she stepped off the medal podium. A serious-looking Qin got down on bended knee and appeared to speak at length to He before opening a small box.

  • British cyclist Jason Kenny wins 2nd gold of Rio Olympics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) British cyclist Jason Kenny insists there was nothing awkward about the 24 hours leading to the individual sprint finals.Even though he was sharing a room with his opponent, Callum Skinner.''Just did the same thing we always do,'' Kenny said. ''We went to dinner, went to bed, woke up and had breakfast and came here.''

  • Australia stays alive in men's water polo tournament

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rhys Howden and John Cotterill each scored three goals, and Australia stayed alive in the men's Olympic water polo tournament with a 12-7 victory over Greece in their final group game on Sunday.The United States, already eliminated from quarterfinal contention, beat Italy 10-7 in its final game in Rio de Janeiro. Captain Tony Azevedo, goaltender Merrill Moses and defender Jesse Smith were pulled with nine seconds left and waved to friends and family in the stands in what might have been the final Olympic appearance for the American mainstays.

  • The Latest: Diver wins silver, accepts poolside proposal

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:05 p.m.Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.After He Zi earned silver in women's 3-meter springboard, the Chinese diver accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai as she stepped off the medal podium Sunday.

  • The Latest: Kenny defends individual sprint cycling gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Jason Kenny defeated Callum Skinner in an all-Britain final to defend his individual sprint Olympic gold medal and win his second gold of the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Cuban wrestler captures 59kg Greco-Roman gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Ismael Borrero Molina has won the gold medal in 59-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, giving Cuba at least one wrestling title in each of the last seven Olympics.

  • Neymar back in charge of Brazil ahead of Olympic semifinals

    August 14, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) It might be time to put Neymar's name back on the Brazilian jersey.After an uninspired start that prompted some fans to replace his name with Marta's on the famed No. 10 shirt, Neymar is finally showing why he arrived at the Olympics as one of its biggest stars.

  • The Latest: German women into beach volleyball semifinals

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 p.m.Germany has reached the women's beach volleyball semifinals.Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst beat Canada 21-14, 21-14 at the Copacabana venue on Sunday to advance. The German men have won two Olympic beach volleyball medals - including the gold in London - but the women have never reached the podium.

  • Klishina waiting to hear if she can compete at Olympics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics is waiting to hear whether she will be allowed to compete.Darya Klishina was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio de Janeiro by the IAAF, largely because she has been based outside Russia for the past three years. But the sport's governing body excluded the long jumper from the Olympics days ago after receiving what it said was new information.

  • Serbia beats winless Senegal 95-88 in women's basketball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sonja Petrovic scored 20 points, and Serbia wrapped up group play in women's basketball with a 95-88 win over Senegal on Sunday.Serbia (2-3) already had clinched the final berth in Group B before tipping off, and the Serbs will play Australia, the top team in Group A, in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

  • Argentina, Belgium reach men's field hockey semis

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Argentina and Belgium were breathing rarefied air in Olympic men's field hockey when they reached the medal rounds on Sunday.It's Argentina's first time in the semifinals in 11 Olympics, while Belgium last played for a medal in 1928.

  • The Latest: Mustafina defends Olympic gold in uneven bars

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Russia's Aliya Mustafina has ended the U.S. women's team dominance atop the podium in women's gymnastics.Mustafina defended her Olympic title in uneven bars on Sunday, edging American Madison Kocian in a tight final. Mustafina's score of 15.900 was just a touch better than Kocian's score of 15.833. The difference was the difficulty of Mustafina's routine, which was one-tenth tougher than Kocian's brilliant set.

  • A yodeling cry from the Alps unites US women volleyballers

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) One day over lunch in Serbia three years ago, Kim Hill began yodeling.She is quick to downplay her talents for a practice rooted in the Alps. She insists it's just a song she learned growing up that happens to include yodeling.Regardless, her teammates and coaches absolutely love when she does it, even if yodeling is not on the Olympic program.

  • The Latest: Nadal falls in bronze match, Japan takes medal

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Kei Nishikori gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years, overcoming a mid-match lull to beat 2008 champion Rafael Nadal for the bronze in men's singles at the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Mattek-Sands, Sock deny Williams 5th gold medal

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 p.m.Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the Olympic tennis title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal.Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 tiebreak in an all-U.S. final Sunday.

  • Aussie-American BMX power couple share goal - Olympic gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) He's reserved, she's outgoing. He's from Australia, she's from Minnesota.Sam Willoughby and Alise Post are also two of the best BMX racers in the world. Before they get married next year, they'd like to win medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Britain's Whitlock gets 2nd gold medal in hour

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Great Britain's Max Whitlock has picked up his second Olympic gold medal in the span of an hour.The British gymnast edged teammate and rival Louis Smith for gold in men's pommel horse on Sunday shortly after he topped Brazil's Diego Hypolito for gold on floor exercise.

  • Justin Rose wins first Olympic golfing gold since 1904

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Rose won the first golfing gold medal at the Olympics in 112 years Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson by two strokes, and Simone Biles added a third gold in gymnastics, capturing the women's vault title.Later Sunday, Usain Bolt will defend his title as the world's fastest man at the Rio de Janeiro Games when he goes for his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters.

  • Rose captures golf's 1st gold medal in 112 years

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Rose delivered a gold-medal performance in golf worthy of a 112-year wait.In a final round Sunday so tense that no one led by more than one shot, Rose won on the last hole with a 40-yard pitch to 3 feet for birdie and a 4-under 67, giving him a two-shot victory over Henrik Stenson to win the first gold medal in golf since 1904 in St. Louis.

  • Rio Olympics lacking 'look' that usually characterizes games

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Looking for an Olympic venue? The IOC has acknowledged that the Rio Olympics are missing part of the so-called ''look'' that characterizes the games.''It's a very unfortunate situation where the look could not be delivered on time,'' Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said Sunday.

  • Boy to man: Dusmatov wins first Rio Olympic boxing gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hasanboy Dusmatov was 7 years old when Mahammatkodir Abdullaev came out of their shared hometown to win the first summer Olympics gold medal in Uzbekistan's history.''When I was a kid, I saw Abdullayev getting the gold medal,'' Dusmatov said. ''At the time, I had a dream to repeat the story and get another gold for my country.''

  • US coach Parnham spurs rising women's field hockey program

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As an assistant coach for Britain's women's field hockey team, Craig Parnham always admired the United States.Now the head coach of the American women's squad, he recalled why in the moments after a 6-1 rout over Japan at the Olympics last week.

  • US men's basketball edges France 100-97; Thompson scores 30

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Three wins from gold, and still no reason to think it will be easy for the U.S. men's basketball team.This is a bumpy road in Rio, but at least the Americans know Klay Thompson is finally along for the ride.Thompson ended an Olympic-long slump with seven 3-pointers and 30 points, and the Americans needed almost all of them to hold off France 100-97 on Sunday.

  • Oregon receiver Devon Allen to run in Olympic 110 hurdles

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Almost 7,000 miles away from the Olympic Stadium, the Oregon Ducks have started football practice with an eye on the season-opening game.On Monday night, the Ducks will break for a ''team meeting'' to turn their attention to Rio de Janeiro and watch wide receiver Devon Allen make his Olympic debut. Allen will run in the opening heats of the 110-meter hurdles, a berth he earned by winning the Olympic Trials in front of his college community at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

  • Simone Biles dominates vault to win 3rd gold in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Simone Biles spent Sunday morning in the warm-up gym thinking not of history but perfection.When it didn't happen - and really, it never does in gymnastics anymore - the 19-year-old star settled for a pretty sweet consolation prize: a third gold medal in Rio.

  • The Latest: Rose has 1st Olympics golf gold given since 1904

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Justin Rose of Great Britain has won the gold medal in men's golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis.Rose hit a pitch shot to 3 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67 and a two-shot victory over British Open champion Henrik Stenson. It capped off a week of bustling crowds and the ideal finish for a sport trying to make a good impression.

  • Riding strong: Brothers prove age no barrier in show jumping

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) At an age when many people are thinking about retirement, John Whitaker is thinking about another Olympic medal.He was part of the British show jumping team that won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games with younger brother Michael. Both are now competing in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Campriani caps strong week for Italy with 3-position gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Niccolo Campriani fired his last shot, shook his head and smiled. No reason to look at the score. The Italian's long Olympics were over and he knew he had already secured another medal.Winning gold was an added bonus.Campriani became the only shooter to win two gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games, overcoming Sergey Kamensky of Russia on the final shot Sunday to repeat as men's 3-position rifle champion.

  • The Latest: Biles adds 3rd Rio gold with women's vault win

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: American Simone Biles added a third gold medal to her haul in Rio, easily winning the women's vault final Sunday afternoon.The 19-year-old averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia and bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland.

  • Back to blue at troubled Olympic aquatics venue

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Goodbye green. It's back to clear water in the pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, allowing synchronized swimmers to see underwater on the first day of Olympic competition.Officials completed pumping nearly 1 million gallons of clean water into the pool used for synchro with little time to spare before Sunday's free routine preliminary began. They had raced to drain green-tinged water out of the pool overnight at a venue that has embarrassed local organizers.

  • Column: Phelps stops Olympic clock for us all

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Got a bad case of lingering PMPD - Post-Michael Phelps Depression? If you think his retirement from Olympic swimming is a bitter pill, then batten down the hatches for the imminent global epidemic of Life's Hardly Worth Living Without Usain Bolt when he schmoozes out in a samba of sad emotion this week.

  • The Latest: Uzbek boxer Dusmatov wins light flyweight gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan has won the Olympic boxing gold medal in the light flyweight division, defeating Yurberjen Martinez of Colombia by unanimous decision.

  • Leslie Jones gives Ryan Seacrest an Olympian boost

    August 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC's first recipient of ''Saturday Night Live'' star Leslie Jones' burst of energy is late-night, or early-morning, host Ryan Seacrest.Hurriedly brought to Rio de Janeiro after her fan-girl social media posts about the games became an Internet hit, Jones is bringing the same enthusiasm in person. She jumps up and down in excitement meeting Shaun White, bursts into tears seeing Simone Biles and trades Olympic pins with Kerri Walsh Jennings. She's excited to meet people who are probably just as thrilled to meet her.

  • The Latest: Lochte describes robbery by armed men in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3 p.m.Ryan Lochte says armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro.Lochte described the late-night encounter to NBC's ''Today'' show.

  • Golfers go for Olympic gold; Bolt after 3rd title in 100

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt defends his title as the world's fastest man at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Sunday and golf is handing out its first Olympic medals in 112 years.In the latest embarrassment to the Southern Hemisphere's first Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi hours after the final night of swimming.

  • The Latest: Britain's Whitlock has men's floor exercise gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Max Whitlock of Great Britain won the gold medal in men's floor exercise Sunday.Whitlock posted a score of 15.633, the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the British in men's gymnastics. Brazil's Diego Hypolito earned silver while teammate Arthur Mariano earned bronze.

  • The Latest: IOC says parts of Olympics don't have 'the look'

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.A top IOC official acknowledges parts of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics still do ''not have the look'' that characterizes the games.Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi says ''it's a very unfortunate situation where the look could not be delivered on time.''

  • Ryan Lochte, 3 other US swimmers robbed by armed men in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings, the U.S. Olympic Committee said.In the latest security incident to hit the Rio de Janeiro Games, Lochte told NBC that one of the robbers put a gun to his forehead before taking his wallet. No one was injured.

  • The Latest: USOC says Lochte among 4 swimmers robbed in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 p.m.The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi in Rio.USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says Lochte and the others left the French Olympic team's hospitality house early Sunday in a taxi headed for the athletes village.

  • The Latest: Russia tops Hingis' Swiss team for doubles gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2 p.m.Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have won the Olympic tennis gold medal in women's doubles.The seventh-seeded Russians beat fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 in the final Sunday.

  • The Latest: Hradecka, Stepanek win mixed doubles bronze

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:45 p.m.Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek have won the bronze medal in Olympic tennis mixed doubles.The Czechs beat fourth-seeded Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of India 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday.

  • US rolls again in women's basketball, routs China 105-62

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Geno Auriemma could only smile after his U.S. women's basketball team dominated another opponent.It wasn't so much the final score of the game, but the coach was really excited about the record number of assists the Americans dished out.

  • Media reports: Mom of Ryan Lochte says swimmer was robbed

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The mother of Ryan Lochte has told two media outlets that the star swimmer was robbed at gunpoint.USA Today and Fox Sports Australia both said the 32-year-old Lochte was robbed and had his wallet stolen early Sunday while socializing the night after Olympic swimming events ended. The IOC spokesman denied the claim at first before hedging, acknowledging he didn't directly know the specifics of the situation.

  • The Latest: 1 Estonian triplet marathoner didn't finish race

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:35 p.m.Only two of the Estonian triplets running in the women's Olympic marathon completed the Rio de Janeiro race.Lily Luik was the fastest of the 30-year-old sisters, clocking 2 hours, 48 minutes, 29 seconds to finish in 97th place Sunday. Luik says the race was hard on a hot and sunny morning and that ''everybody suffered.''

  • Mountain wind makes for rough end to Olympic rowing regatta

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It wasn't so much the microbes but the wind that made waves during Olympic rowing.For the first time since 1996, the Olympic regatta was not held in a purpose-built lake, but a natural lagoon that left rowers exposed to the elements in new ways.

  • Formiga, 'the ant,' just keeps on going in women's soccer

    August 14, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) It was the 100th minute of a physical and tense game in the quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament. Sweden was moving the ball dangerously down the right flank when, out of nowhere, a Brazilian player came sprinting to make a perfectly timed sliding tackle.

  • The Latest: Stevenson of US wins his 1st Olympic boxing bout

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:05 p.m.American fighter Shakur Stevenson has won his first fight in the Olympic boxing tournament.He remains the prime candidate to win the first men's gold medal in 12 years from USA Boxing.

  • Media reports: Mom of swimmer Ryan Lochte says he was robbed

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The mother of Ryan Lochte has told two media outlets that the star swimmer was robbed at gunpoint.USA Today and Fox Sports Australia both said the 32-year-old Lochte was robbed and had his wallet stolen early Sunday while socializing the night after Olympic swimming events ended. The IOC spokesman denied the claim at first before hedging, acknowledging he didn't directly know the specifics of the situation.

  • The Latest: Sumgong evades protest to win marathon

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:45 p.m.Jelagat Sumgong needed to evade a protester Sunday on her way to becoming the first Kenyan to win the women's Olympics marathon, delivering her country's first gold of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Kenyan wins Olympic marathon for first time

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:15 p.m.Jelagat Sumgong became the first Kenyan to win the women's Olympics marathon on Sunday, delivering her country's first gold of the Rio de Janeiro Games.Sumgong completed the course in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 4 seconds ahead of Kenyan-born Eunice Kirwa, who now runs for Bahrain. World champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia took bronze.

  • The Latest: IOC says reports of Lochte robbery untrue

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:15 p.m.IOC spokesman Mark Adams says reports of American swimmer Ryan Lochte being robbed at gunpoint are ''absolutely not true,'' despite stories in two outlets citing his mother.

  • IOC: Report of Ryan Lochte robbed untrue; reports cite mom

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC spokesman Mark Adams says reports of American swimmer Ryan Lochte being robbed at gunpoint are ''absolutely not true,'' despite stories in two outlets citing his mother.Adams said Sunday during a daily briefing at the Rio Games that his information comes from the swimmer and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

  • Russia's Klishina at hearing, seeking to compete at Olympics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete at the Rio Olympics for track and field, attended a hearing Sunday to determine whether she can compete, as her country's sports minister said the allegations against her were part of a campaign to tarnish Russia's reputation.

  • The Latest:

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:30 a.m.Seven runners have broken clear of the rest of the field in the women's Olympic marathon at the 30 kilometer mark.The front-runners are Rose Chelimo and Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa of Bahrain, the Ethiopian duo of Mare Dibaba and Tirfi Tsegaye, Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya and American Shalane Flanagan.

  • Irish cyclist says he got bacterial pneumonia at Olympics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Irish cyclist Nicolas Roche says he developed a serious case of bacterial pneumonia while in Brazil for the Olympic road race and will miss the Spanish Vuelta.Roche suggested on Twitter he may have gotten sick from a ''bad aircon in Rio,'' though he did not say how he knew his illness was caused by air conditioning. He also did not specify whether it was from a unit in the Olympic village, where he stayed with the rest of the Irish team.

  • The Latest: Only Russian track athlete in Rio for hearing

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:50 a.m.Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete in Olympic track and field, has arrived for a hearing to determine whether she can compete.Klishina's lawyer Paul Greene tells The Associated Press that the Russian long jumper ''plans to say the truth, which is that she's a clean athlete'' when she testifies before the Court of Arbitration for Sport after track's world governing body, the IAAF, withdrew her eligibility for the Olympics.

  • The Latest: Big upset in wrestling arena

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 a.m.The first match of the Olympic wrestling tournament produced one of the biggest upsets the Rio Games will likely see.Unheralded Japanese wrestler Shinobu Ota stunned seven-time world champion Hamid Soryan of Iran 5-4 in the opening set of Greco-Roman bouts in Arena Carioca 2.

  • The Latest: Out with the green, in with the blue for synchro

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:50 a.m.Goodbye, green. Hello again, blue. Hope you can stick around awhile.Synchronized swimmers were greeted by clear blue water in the competition pool Sunday after officials worked through the night to replace murky green water that's become a big embarrassment for Rio Games organizers.

  • Long way from golf: Rory McIlroy watches the Olympics on TV

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rory McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika virus. The four-time major champion said he would not be watching Olympic golf on television, but rather track and field, swimming and diving - ''the sports that matter.''

  • The Latest: Can't miss this: Usain Bolt seeks gold in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:40 a.m.The world's fastest man will be crowned Sunday night as Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro compete for 22 gold medals in 12 sports.Usain Bolt - a simply unmissable figure to watch - is seeking an unprecedented third straight gold in the 100 meters. He must beat American Justin Gatlin, who posted the fastest time in the heats.

  • The Latest: Rose leads Stenson by one shot in Olympic golf

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:35 a.m.If it's Sunday, there must be a golf final somewhere. Oh wait - this week it's at the Olympics for the first time since 1904.Britain's Justin Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes Saturday on the way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over Sweden's Henrik Stenson going into the final round at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Israel basking in success in its "national sport" of judo

    August 14, 2016

    JERUSALEM (AP) Forget the handshake that wasn't - Israel is delighted with something much more unusual: international athletic success.While an Egyptian judoka's refusal to shake hands with his Israeli opponent at the Rio Olympics reverberated worldwide, in Israel the focus is on national Olympic medals - something far more novel than Middle East tensions.

  • The Latest: US men's basketball team on the defensive in Rio

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:15 a.m.The U.S. men's basketball team could take a lesson from the U.S. women's soccer team: beware of being the heavy favorite.The U.S. men play France in the Olympic tournament on Sunday and they're being dogged by questions over where the dominating team of years past has gone. The U.S. men have had two straight close games, topping Australia 98-88 and squeaking by Serbia 94-91.

  • The Latest: Simone Biles to soar again, this time on a vault

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:40 a.m.Does she really even need a vault to fly sky-high?Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio de Janeiro when she competes in the women's vault final Sunday. But the 19-year-old American already proved she can soar with astonishing tumbling routines that won the all-around title.

  • The Latest: UK's Andy Murray aims for Olympic gold repeat

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 a.m.Britain's Andy Murray is going to see if he can turn his trademark menacing grimace into a smile.The defending champion, who is trying to become the first player to win two Olympic singles golds, faces Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the men's final Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: He trips, he falls, he wins gold: UK's Mo Farah

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:50 a.m.Even when he is tripped and falls, he wins an Olympic gold medal.Nothing, it seems, can stop Britain's Mo Farah over 10,000 meters in a major championship.

  • The Latest: Olympic officials race to drain murky-green pool

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 a.m.While Olympic athletes were getting some well-deserved rest, Olympic officials are racing through the night to drain the murky green water out of a pool at the troubled Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.

  • The Latest: History's greatest Olympic athlete says goodbye

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 a.m.In the end, this is the way he wanted to go.Standing atop the Olympic medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up and bit his lip.''It turned out pretty cool,'' Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. ''It's just a perfect way to finish.''

  • Olympic officials don't have much time to drain green pool

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials were working through the night to drain green-tinged water out of a pool at the troubled Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, and hoping they can pump in nearly 1 million gallons of clean water for synchronized swimming.

  • Big 3 in 400 at Olympics pushing each other to the limit

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The quality is so high in the 400 meters right now that Kirani James really isn't comfortable with his defending Olympic champion tag. He doesn't want that target on his back in a hot-shot field like this.The way James sees it, Wayde van Niekerk is the current world champion and LaShawn Merritt won the 2013 world title. So go pick from one of those two for the favorite in Rio de Janeiro. There's hardly anything to choose between any of them for Sunday night's final.

  • Borrowed medal? No thanks, Henderson wins own Olympic gold

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jeff Henderson had an Olympic gold medal in his grasp. Just not one he could call his own.With a pressure-packed jump on his last try of the night, the American long jumper changed all that. He won his own gold medal in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday and returned the one he carried for motivation to its rightful owner.

  • American men advance to Olympic beach volleyball quarters

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena received their reward for cruising through pool play and the first round of the Olympic beach volleyball elimination stage: A quarterfinal matchup with the world champions on their home sand.

  • Olympic rowing regatta ends in brutal conditions

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It wasn't so much the microbes but the wind that made waves during the Olympic rowing competition.For the first time since 1996, the Olympic regatta was not held in a purpose-built lake, but a natural lagoon that left rowers exposed to the elements in new ways.

  • Ennis-Hill gets silver, nearly certain about retiring

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Jessica Ennis-Hill is nearly certain that this was her last ever heptathlon - and it's tough.Ennis-Hill wiped away tears after losing her Olympic title to Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam on Saturday by a very slim margin, but she wasn't crying about that.

  • Bolt chases Olympic history in men's 100 meters

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As Usain Bolt churned down the Olympic track, his main rival was trying to get in front of a TV monitor to catch a quick glimpse of the race.Justin Gatlin missed the Jamaican's first-round heat. That's OK, the American sprinter has seen plenty of Bolt to know exactly what to expect.

  • In Olympics, a first for Puerto Rico - and 23rd for Phelps

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps claimed his 23rd gold medal. Puerto Rico won its first ever. And Jamaica got its first gold of the Rio Games with an emphatic win in the marquee Olympic sprinting event.Phelps helped lift the 4x100 medley relay team to victory Saturday in what marked his last race before retiring, capping a night of extraordinary accomplishments in the 2016 Olympics.

  • Birarelli back healthy, Italy tops Brazil in volleyball

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Emanuele Birarelli tested his tender right ankle for the first time and all felt fine. Then, he and his Italian teammates celebrated their latest impressive Olympic win by beating host Brazil on its home court.Italy welcomed back Birarelli after a one-game absence with an ankle injury, and the fourth-ranked Italians sent Brazil to a second straight defeat Saturday in a matchup of the two top teams in Pool A.

  • The Latest: Phelps insists gold medal No. 23 is his last

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:20 a.m.Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.Saturday's victory in the 4x100 medley relay gave the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal.

  • NBC's valedictory to Phelps - if it turns out to be true

    August 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC may believe that Michael Phelps means it when he says his swimming career is over, but ultimately isn't ready to bet the house on it.The network turned its Saturday night broadcast into a valedictory for the Olympics' most decorated athlete, properly so. Phelps won his 23rd gold medal for his part in the Americans' victory in the 4x100 medley relay, his 28th medal overall in 30 Olympic events.

  • Not even a crash can stop Farah over 10,000 at Olympics

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tripped or not, it seems nothing can stop Mo Farah over 10,000 meters in a major championship.Not his training partner clipping his heel in the Olympic final. Not the assembled power of Kenya's best trying to wear him down. Not the final kick of rival Paul Tanui.

  • Michael Phelps gets another gold, but says it is the last

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip and gave a little nod.This was how he really wanted to go out.On top of his game in the water.Totally content away from the pool.''It turned out pretty cool,'' Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. ''It's just a perfect way to finish.''

  • Out of options, Olympic officials drain green pool

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials gave up on cleaning the green-tinged water in one of the pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. Instead, they began draining it Saturday and planned to transfer nearly 1 million gallons of clear water from a nearby practice pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming.

  • The Latest: US men advance to beach volleyball quarterfinals

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 a.m.Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, beating Austria 21-14, 21-15.

  • Neymar leads Brazil into men's soccer semifinals

    August 13, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Neymar scored his first goal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Saturday, giving Brazil a 2-0 win over Colombia and a spot in the semifinals of the men's soccer tournament.Neymar scored from a free kick in the 12th minute, sending a right-footed shot through the wall and into the lower right corner of the net. Luan added the second in the 83rd at the Arena Corinthians with a shot from outside the area, keeping alive Brazil's hopes of winning the soccer gold medal for the first time.

  • The Latest: After only setback in Rio, Phelps back on top

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:15 a.m.One night after his only setback in Rio, Michael Phelps is back on top.As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory in the 4x100m medley relay, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms.

  • Michael Phelps' goodbye is golden

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This goodbye was golden.Michael Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100 medley relay, his last race before retiring, and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, his 23rd career gold medal.

  • Golden finale: Phelps gets 23rd Olympic gold with relay win

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.Golden.Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.

  • Crash or not, nothing can stop Farah over 10,000 at Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tripped or not, it seems nothing can stop Mo Farah over 10,000 meters in a major championship.Not his training partner clipping his heel in the Olympic final. Not the assembled power of Kenya's best trying to wear him down. Not the final kick of his rival Paul Tanui. Farah proved again he is in a league all his own, now right up there with the greatest in history.

  • Weightlifters defend sport under doping cloud

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Despite a constant stream of doping bans in weightlifting, a pair of Olympic medalists defended their sport's integrity.Sohrab Moradi of Iran won the gold medal Saturday in the men's 94-kilogram category, followed by Vadzim Straltsou of Belarus and Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania.

  • The Latest: Thiam wins gold, beats Ennis-Hill in heptathlon

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:40 p.m.Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium has beaten defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain to win an Olympic heptathlon competition that went down to a matter of seconds in the last event.

  • Golden finale: Phelps wins 23rd Olympic gold with relay win

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.Golden.Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Murphy sets backstroke world record during relay

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:15 p.m.WORLD RECORD ALERT: American Ryan Murphy sets world record in 100 backstroke during 4x 100 medley relay, finishing in 51.85---11:10 p.m.The U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team won gold - and reached a milestone for the United States.

  • A new Jamaican champion makes her mark in Olympic 100 meters

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The new Olympic champion caught her country's flag from out of the stands, unfurled it and fumbled a bit as she tried to drape it over her shoulders.She knew exactly where to turn for help.Jamaica's newest sprint champion is Elaine Thompson, and she was more than happy to let Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce place that green-and-yellow Jamaican flag over her shoulders after denying her friend and training partner a record third straight title in the 100 meters on Saturday.

  • US landmark arrives: 1,000 Summer Olympic gold medals

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Simone Manuel touched the wall to clinch a gold medal Saturday night, it was a moment 120 years in the making.The U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Manuel - winners at the Rio Games on Saturday night - is being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as delivering the nation's 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history.

  • The Latest: Phelps earns 23rd gold with US 4x100 relay win

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, earns 23rd career gold with US win in 4x100 medley relay.---11:10 p.m.The U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team won gold - and reached a milestone for the United States.

  • Michael Phelps closes Olympics with 23rd gold medal in relay

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.Gold.Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal.

  • The Latest: Women's relay wins 1,000th summer gold for US

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 p.m.The U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team won gold - and reached a milestone for the United States.Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel teaming up to prevail at the Rio Games on Saturday night is being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the nation's 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history.

  • The Latest: US women win gold in 4x100m medley relay

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: The United States has claimed gold in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay. Australia takes silver, while the bronze goes to Denmark.---

  • The Latest: Eyes were on Fraser-Pryce but Thompson wins gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 p.m.All eyes were on double defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. But it was her fellow-Jamaican Elaine Thompson who ran away with gold in the 100 meters.

  • Blume, Paltrinieri win golds on final night of swimming

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pernille Blume won gold with a furious sprint from one of the pool to the other.Gregorio Paltrinieri had to go nearly a mile to earn his medal.Blume gave Denmark its first Olympic swimming victory in 68 years by touching first in the 50-meter freestyle Saturday, denying Simone Manuel a second gold medal.

  • The Latest: Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins 100m gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:40 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Elaine Thompson has won the women's 100-meter title in 10.71 seconds, ending fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's bid to win the event for a third straight Olympics. American Tori Bowie took silver in 10.83 and Fraser-Pryce was third in 10.86.

  • The Latest: Italy's Paltrinieri wins gold 1,500m freestyle

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy has won gold in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics. Connor Jaeger of the United States claims silver and Italy's Gabriele Detti takes bronze.

  • The Latest: American Jeff Henderson wins gold in long jump

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Jeff Henderson of the United States overtook Luvo Manyonga of South Africa on his last jump to win the Olympic long jump gold medal.

  • The Latest: Not even a tumble stops Farah from getting gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 p.m.Not even a tumble could stop Mo Farah from defending his Olympic 10,000-meter title in a dramatic final where he worked his way back through the field, then lost and regained the lead on the last lap.

  • The Latest: Simone Manuel get silver, Blume gold in 50m free

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Pernille Blume of Denmark wins gold in women's 50-meter freestyle. Simone Manuel of the United States takes silver. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earns bronze.

  • The Latest: Mo Farah recovers from fall, wins 10,000m in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:57 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Mo Farah of Britain recovers from fall to defend Olympic 10,000-meter title in Rio Games.---9:45 p.m.Britain's Mo Farah was tripped by American training partner Galen Rupp on the 10th lap in the men's 10,000-meters.

  • The Latest: Farah trips, gets up in men's 10,000m in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:45 p.m.Britain's Mo Farah was tripped by American training partner Galen Rupp on the 10th lap in the men's 10,000-meters.Farah quickly got up and signaled all is OK with a thumbs up on Saturday.

  • Fraser-Pryce closing in on Olympic sprint triple

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Watch out Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce might get that triple of Olympic 100-meter titles first.Double defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran her season's best of 10.88 seconds to reach the final of the 100 and showed all the confidence that two titles bring.

  • Britain rallies, takes women's field hockey pool from US

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Britain snatched Pool B out of the United States' hands, scoring two goals in the final eight minutes Saturday to defeat the Americans 2-1 in women's field hockey.Sophie Bray scored midway through the fourth period, then Alex Danson barely got the stick on a long shot and redirected it into the goal three minutes later for the clincher.

  • The Latest: Kirani James sets tone for 400m finals in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:30 p.m.Defending champion Kirani James set the tone for the 400-meter final by leading the semifinals in his season-best 44.02 seconds.James, who won the Olympic gold as a 19-year-old at London in 2012, held off 2008 champion LaShawn Merritt in 44.21 in the first of three semifinal heats.

  • The Latest: Iran wins gold in 94-kilogram weightlifting

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:50 p.m.Iran won its second gold medal in two days as Sohrab Moradi was victorious in the men's 94-kilogram weightlifting.Moradi's first lift in the clean and jerk was enough for gold, hoisting 221 kilograms, which combined with his 182 in the snatch for a total of 403 on Saturday.

  • Unfazed by critics, Gigi Fernandez lauds Puig's tennis gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Monica Puig isn't the first Puerto Rican women's tennis player to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She's just the first to win one for Puerto Rico.And Gigi Fernandez was thrilled to see it happen.Fernandez, a Puerto Rican who won Olympic gold in doubles in 1992 and 1996 but did so while representing the United States, has dealt with plenty of social-media criticism in recent days as the wounds caused by her decision from a generation ago were reopened, in part from her own Twitter commentary. But after watching Puig's historic win on television from her Connecticut home on Saturday, Fernandez said her only regret was not being in Rio de Janeiro to watch it live.

  • US men's volleyball team beats France, stays in medal chase

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Way behind in the first set Saturday against France, the Americans slowly began chipping away to end up on top. While none of the U.S. players can quite explain it, they have a propensity for doing that very thing, coming back with the odds stacked against them.

  • Gasol, Spain throttle Lithuania 109-59 in men's basketball

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With little room for error, the Spanish men's basketball team absolutely throttled Lithuania 109-59 Saturday to keep its medal hopes alive. Spain, which won silver at the last two Olympics, lost two of its first three games and desperately needed a win - and it still might need help from other teams to advance to the quarterfinals.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Sunday

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):TRACK AND FIELDThe title of world's fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt , American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10:25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m.

  • Venus guaranteed a record-tying 5th Olympic tennis medal

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Venus Williams isn't used to taking the court in doubles uncertain whether she can win.That's why the four-time gold medalist sat in her changeover chair after an Olympic semifinal victory Saturday with her face in her hands, her jaw dropped in stunned elation.

  • Paralympics chief demands Rio pays overdue cash to nations

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Crucial payments to fund the travel of Paralympic teams to Brazil have not been transferred, threatening the participation of some nations, the chief executive of the Paralympic movement said on Saturday.The International Paralympic Committee said the payments, which are vital for funding travel and logistics, must be sent to its members next week. The IPC is expecting around 160 countries to participate in the Paralympics but fears withdrawals if the cash isn't received.

  • The Latest: Knockouts back in heavyweight Olympic boxing

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:10 p.m.Leave it to the super heavyweights to bring knockouts back to Olympic boxing.Three straight fighters in the sport's most hulking division finished their opponents by stoppage Saturday night, a rare occurrence in the three-round world of the amateur sport.

  • Japan beats France 79-71 to wrap up women's hoops group play

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Asami Yoshida scored 24 points to lead Japan to a 79-71 win over France 79-71 Saturday to wrap up its group play in women's basketball.Japan came to the Olympics looking to improve on its best Olympic finish, which was fifth in 1976. Now Japan (3-2) will play the U.S. in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

  • Muhammad, US teammates win bronze in sabre fencing

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Olympics determined to show the world that Muslim-American women can excel in sports.Muhammad will return home to New Jersey with proof that she was right.Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition earlier this week, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

  • In tennis, Puig wins Puerto Rico's 1st Olympic gold ever

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The spectators told Monica Puig they believed she could win Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal in any sport, providing a soundtrack of ''Si se puede!'' - ''Yes, we can!'' - during the Rio de Janeiro Games women's tennis final.

  • The Latest: Puig wins Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:50 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any sport in Olympic history, upsetting Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis singles final at the Rio Games.

  • Correction: Armchair Olympics story

    August 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In a story Aug. 13 about NBC's coverage of the Olympics, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by a publicist, reported erroneously that the online subscription content service Fullscreen made a 10-episode sports docuseries, ''Keeping Score,'' on the U.S. women's soccer team. The series is only six episodes.

  • No matter the water's color, Chinese divers look golden

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) China is poised to return to the top of the medal podium in diving.Shi Tingmao and He Zi finished 1-2 in the women's 3-meter springboard semifinals Saturday, the first of six individual events at the Rio Games.Shi totaled 385.00 points, with He nearly 21 points behind in second at 364.05. China has won the event at seven straight Olympics, one short of the eight straight golds won by the United States from 1920-56.

  • First US race win in Olympic regatta comes in 49erFX class

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With their ponytails flapping and their American flag spinnaker billowing in the breeze, Paris Henken and Helena Scutt sped across Guanabara Bay and became the first U.S. crew to win a race at the Rio Olympics regatta.Henken, of Coronado, California, and Scutt, of Kirkland, Washington, jumped into the lead at the start and flawlessly sailed their 49erFX skiff around the course to win the fifth race of the series Saturday.

  • After volley to face, from a sure tennis medal to none

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were both still awake at 5 a.m., a mere nine hours before they would play for the Olympic bronze medal.Hlavackova had spent all night at the hospital, undergoing a CT scan after a volley to her face fractured an orbital bone. Yet she was more distraught the next day about her teammate's plight: Their women's doubles match was scheduled less than 13 hours after Hradecka's mixed doubles quarterfinal ended past 1 a.m.

  • So much for the dire predictions of US swimming flop in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) They teamed up for a carpool karaoke video. They planted their flag in Brazil. And when the Olympics are done, they'll be remembered as the latest in a long line of U.S. swimming powerhouses.So much for all those dire forecasts.Turns out, the less-than-glittering times at the U.S. trials were no indication of how fast they would swim once they got to the big stage. And all those who thought they were too inexperienced to shine on the international stage totally missed the mark.

  • Friday Olympics ratings down as swim meet nears end

    August 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) With 24 million viewers tuning in to see more American gold medals in swimming on Friday, the Olympics continued to dominate television while falling short of the audience reached for the 2012 London Games.The Nielsen company said an estimated 26 million people watched Olympic coverage in total during prime time Friday, with NBCSN's audience and people who streamed material online added to the tally. The young NBCSN cable network had its biggest audience ever on Friday as it televised the U.S. women's soccer team's quarterfinal loss and the U.S. men's basketball team's win over Serbia.

  • Forget winning big, US men's basketball just barely winning

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Something's wrong in Rio.The team that usually wins big is barely winning.An unheard of two straight close games for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team has created a question that few dared consider just a few days ago: Is the best team in the world not good enough for gold?

  • Schooling Phelps: Singapore swimmer beats his idol for gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Joseph Schooling was working on a school essay one morning in 2008 when Michael Phelps showed up to train at his club in Singapore ahead of the Beijing Olympics.While other kids rushed at Phelps wanting photos, Schooling was frozen. He couldn't believe his swimming idol was in front of him. Eventually, the 13-year-old mustered the courage to get a picture, too.

  • Grading the Games: Olympics are a work in progress

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials were full of praise when they awarded the Olympics to Rio seven years ago, never imagining such things as the Zika virus and green water in the pools.Indeed, they declared that there was ''absolutely no flaw'' in Rio's plans for the games.

  • Rio still struggles with litany of problems through 1st week

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rows of empty seats, green water, controlled explosions, stray bullets, the killing of a young policeman in a favela, muggings of team officials, an attack on a media bus, spotty weather, snarled traffic, long travel distances and lack of a Carnival atmosphere.

  • Double dip: Argentina beats Brazil 111-107 in 2-OT thriller

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Argentina's players locked arms and danced in a circle near mid-court. In the stands, their fans were just warming up.Dressed in blue and white, they sang, shouted and even cried together. This was an Olympic moment to savor.Beating Brazil, on its home court, is as good as it gets for Argentina.

  • The Latest: American crew wins in regatta - at last

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:45 p.m.An American crew has finally won a race in the Rio Olympic regatta, Brazilian star Robert Scheidt sailed himself out of a chance for a gold medal and Belgium's Evi Van Acker recovered from her illness to have a shot at medaling.

  • IOC fights cyberattacks during Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Olympic Committee is fending off massive cyberattacks during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.''Throughout the games, the same in London (in 2012) when you are the center of attention of the world, there are massive attempts everyday all day long to break our security,'' IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the Associated Press.

  • Britain wins another gold, silver in Olympic track cycling

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Joanna Rowsell-Shand was still cherishing her latest Olympic gold medal when teammate Becky James rallied on the final lap of the women's keirin to win a silver of her own.Yes, another British medal haul is underway at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Venus Williams heading to mixed doubles final

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:10 p.m.Venus Williams will leave the Rio Olympics with a medal after all.Williams is guaranteed to tie the Olympic tennis record with her fifth medal after she and teammate Rajeev Ram rallied to win their mixed doubles semifinal on Saturday.

  • Farewell day for Michael Phelps at Rio; Bolt heating up

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This is goodbye for Michael Phelps. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history has one more race before retirement.His shot at a 28th medal comes Saturday in the final slate of swimming at the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Usain Bolt thrilled the crowd at Olympic Stadium in his first appearance of the games and Rafael Nadal's bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal ended with a thrill-a-minute semifinal loss to Juan Martin del Potro.

  • Upset over Nadal puts del Potro in tennis final vs. Murray

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Juan Martin del Potro ended Rafael Nadal's bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal in a thrill-a-minute semifinal, then celebrated as if the title were already his, kneeling to kiss the court before leaping into the stands.

  • Rossetti gets skeet gold; Al-Rashidi wins bronze and hearts

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gabriele Rossetti made a golden addition to the family's medal collection.The Mustache stole the show, however.Rossetti was perfect while capturing gold in men's skeet, 24 years after his father took bronze in the same event. But it was mustachioed independent athlete Abdullah Al-Rashidi earned bronze and the fans' hearts Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Muhammad and her US team win bronze in fencing

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 p.m.U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel.Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right.

  • Hancharou of Belarus ends China's run in Olympic trampoline

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The routine wasn't even complete when Uladzislau Hancharou started celebrating.His body still a couple stories off the ground during the men's Olympic trampoline final on Saturday, the 20-year-old from Belarus pumped his fist as he floated back to earth.

  • Turkey beats Brazil 79-76 in double OT in women's hoops

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Turkey denied host Brazil its lone win in women's basketball Saturday, rallying from 18 points down in the third quarter and beating the Brazilians 79-76 in double overtime.Brazil (0-5) had the biggest and loudest crowd of group play trying to will the Brazilians to a win. It was working early, as Brazil grabbed an early lead and appeared to be cruising before Turkey went on a 24-5 run to set up a thrilling finish that kept fans on their feet.

  • At the Copa: Brazil is making itself at home in beach v'ball

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The fans chant their names, wave their flags and do a little samba in their seats whenever the Brazilians take the sand at the Copacabana Olympic beach volleyball venue.If it's a lot of pressure for the hometown teams, they're handling it well.

  • MMA heads hopeful Olympics lockout will end in 20 years

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The sight would send Brazilian fans into a frenzy: Jose Aldo landing knees to the chin and kicks to the head in an Olympic fight. Aldo could bathe in the glory from his home country - fans swarming him in celebration after a medal is placed around his neck.

  • Say want you want about Sweden's strategy: It worked.

    August 13, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Cowardly or not, Sweden's defensive strategy against the United States got the job done.The Swedes stymied the powerful American attack and advanced to the women's soccer semifinals at the Olympics, leaving the U.S. team empty-handed and with their earliest exit from a major tournament.

  • Fans can swing, fence or ride like Olympic athletes

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) If the golf swing required less technique and more rhythm - like samba dancing, say - the sport would no doubt be monopolized by Brazilians. Instead, after watching a dozen or so novices take their first lesson, it's barely an exaggeration to say the instruction begins with which end of the club to grip.

  • Rose positioned for golf's 1st Olympic gold medal in century

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Justin Rose is one round away from winning golf's first Olympic gold medal in 112 years.Rose did a little shimmy when his 10-foot par putt on the final hole Saturday swirled in the back side of the cup for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson going into the final round - the medal round - at Olympic Golf Course.

  • The Latest: Britain tops US for gold in women's team pursuit

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local)5:35 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Britain beat the world champion United States in the finals of the women's team pursuit at the Rio Olympics, the exact same result from four years ago at the London Games.

  • Out of options, Olympic officials opt to drain green pool

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials gave up on cleaning the green-tinged water in one of the pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. Instead, they began draining it Saturday and planned to transfer nearly 1 million gallons of clear water from a nearby practice pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming.

  • Nadal upset by del Potro, who makes tennis final vs. Murray

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rafael Nadal's bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal ended with a thrill-a-minute semifinal loss to the resurgent Juan Martin del Potro.Del Potro, who earned a bronze for Argentina four years ago, will add a silver or gold to that after advancing to the Rio de Janeiro Games final by coming back to stun the third-seeded Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Saturday.

  • College players making most of rare Olympic opportunities

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Leticia Romero isn't alone at the Rio Games, just close to it.The Florida State guard, who is playing for Spain is one of two current college players in the Olympics. The other is UConn guard Kia Nurse, who has been making headlines for Canada. Neither is a stranger to international competition, but this is the first time for both to be on the grand stage. They are flourishing.

  • Water polo's mad sprints each quarter mix speed, technique

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Each quarter begins with pure, unbridled speed, a furious dash from the mouth of the goal to the middle of the pool while your opponent comes barreling at you from the opposite direction. At stake is the most valuable commodity in water polo: possession of the ball.

  • The Latest: Del Potro ends Nadal's bid for 2nd singles gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local)5:20 p.m.Rafael Nadal's bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal ended with a thrill-a-minute semifinal loss to Juan Martin del Potro.Del Potro, who earned a bronze for Argentina four years ago, will add a silver or gold to that after advancing to the Rio Games final by coming back to stun the third-seeded Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Saturday.

  • Argentina beats Brazil 111-107 in Olympic double-OT thriller

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Facundo Campazzo made two 3-pointers to open the second overtime and three free throws in the final minute, leading Argentina to a thrilling 111-107 win Saturday against rival Brazil in men's basketball before a raucous crowd that sang, danced and chanted the entire game.

  • Out of options, Olympic officials will drain green pool

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials have given up on cleaning the green-tinged water in one of the pools at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, so they'll drain it and transfer nearly 1 million gallons of clear water from a nearby practice pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming.

  • The Latest: Belarus' Hancharou wins gold in men's trampoline

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local)4:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus has won the Olympic gold medal in the men's trampoline, topping defending Olympic champion Dong Dong of China during an entertaining final.

  • Green pool to be drained, refilled for synchronized swimming

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials say they will drain the larger pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center to remove the green-tinged water.The director of venue management, Gustavo Nascimento, says clean water from a nearby practice pool will be transferred to the main pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming on Sunday.

  • UCI president defends brutal nature of Olympic road course

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The president of cycling's world governing body defended the Olympic road course on Saturday, calling it a fair test and suggesting those who crashed pushed past their limits.Brian Cookson addressed a number of other issues during a wide-ranging news conference at the Rio de Janeiro Games at the midway point of the cycling program, including doping, the schedule of the track cycling program and several road racing issues.

  • The Latest: Cycling head defends road course after crashes

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:10 p.m.The president of cycling's world governing body is defending the nature of the road course at the Rio Olympics, calling it a fair test and suggesting those who crashed pushed past their limits.

  • So close! Croatian misses rowing gold by an inch

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) They rowed for two kilometers.The gold medal came down to an inch.New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale and Croatia's Damir Martin crossed the finish line in the men's single sculls side by side, not knowing which one of them was the new Olympic champion.

  • The Latest: Officials to refill green pool after draining it

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:40 p.m.Rio Games officials say they will drain the green-tinged water from one of the Olympic pools and refill it in time for the start of synchronized swimming on Sunday.

  • 1 of the green pools at Olympics to be drained and refilled

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic officials say they will drain the larger pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center to remove the green-tinged water.The director of venue management, Gustavo Nascimento, says clean water from a nearby practice pool will be transferred to the main pool in time for the start of synchronized swimming on Sunday.

  • Germany cruises to 4-0 win over Portugal

    August 13, 2016

    Germany cruised to a 4-0 victory over Portugal on Saturday to advance to the Olympic semifinals.Serge Gnabry opened the scoring when Portugal's goalkeeper Bruna Varela couldn't reach Gnabry's shot in stoppage time at the end of the first half. It was his sixth goal of the Olympics.

  • The Latest: IAAF bans Sole Russian track athlete from Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:20 p.m.The IAAF says it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling.IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolaou tells The Associated Press that the governing body revoked eligibility for long jumper Darya Klishina based on new information it received last week. Nikolaou would not specify what the new information was.

  • Dutch ready for field hockey quarters after beating Germany

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic women's titleholder the Netherlands put away Germany 2-0 on Saturday to roll into the field hockey quarterfinals unbeaten and with a familiar foe on the horizon.The Dutch will line up against Argentina in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup on Monday.

  • Sole Russian track athlete banned from Rio, quickly appeals

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The IAAF said Saturday it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling.The eligibility of long jumper Darya Klishina was revoked by the IAAF based on new information it received last week, spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told The Associated Press.

  • The Latest: IOC disappointed in Hope Solo's 'coward' comment

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:10 p.m.The International Olympic Committee says it is disappointed that United States goalkeeper Hope Solo called the victorious Sweden team ''a bunch of cowards'' after their quarterfinal in the women's soccer.

  • 1st set of triplets set to run in Olympic marathon

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Luik triplets have already encountered some strange looks at the Olympics.The Estonian sisters, who will compete in the women's marathon, say they have gotten some ''funny faces'' from security guards who believe they have already waved one of them into the athletes village.

  • Farewell day for Michael Phelps at Rio Games

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This is goodbye for Michael Phelps. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history has one more race before retirement.His shot at a 28th medal comes Saturday in the final slate of swimming at the Rio de Janeiro Games, where Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, made his first appearance at the Olympic Stadium.

  • The Latest: Germany beats Portugal, advances in men's soccer

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3 p.m.Matthias Ginter scored a second-half goal and Germany went on to defeat Portugal 4-0 to advance to the Olympic semifinals.Ginter was the youngest player on the German team that won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Davie Selke and substitute Philipp Max also added second-half goals on Saturday for the Germans.

  • Olympic security asks female Iranian fan to drop sign

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic security personnel questioned a female Iranian volleyball fan Saturday when she showed up for a match holding a large sign that read ''Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums'' and wearing a white T-shirt with those same words.

  • Coxswain's rallying cry spurs US women's eight to more gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. boat was in third place halfway through the race when coxswain Katelin Snyder shouted the magic words: ''This is the U.S. women's eight!''Yes, it was.The crew responded and did what it always does: It won.The U.S. women's eight is a seemingly invincible boat, with 11 consecutive world and Olympic titles since 2006.

  • The Latest: Brazil, Argentina captains ask fans to behave

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:40 p.m.The captains for Brazil and Argentina are asking fans to behave when the two South American nations take to the court in Olympic basketball.Moments before player introductions on Saturday, Brazilian guard Marcelinho Huertes and Luis Scola walked to mid-court to address the sellout crowd in Carioca Arena. Brazil and Argentina are longtime rivals.

  • Reitz's gold in rapid fire pistol gives Germany 3 in 3 days

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Christian Reitz was thrilled to watch his teammates win Olympic gold the previous two days, hoping he could keep Germany's shooting string going.But whatever they did before was going to have no impact on his final. Reitz still had to shoot well on his own, regardless of what momentum his country might have.

  • Despite a 1-shoe finish, Ethiopian steeplechaser into final

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With one shoe on and one shoe off, Etenesh Diro raised a big cheer at the Olympics on Saturday with a gutsy finish in her 3,000-meters steeplechase heat.Initially outside the qualifying places, the Ethiopian was rewarded - following a protest by three teams, including her own - with a place in Monday's final.

  • The Latest: Kvitova wins bronze in women's tennis at Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has won the Olympic bronze medal in women's tennis.Kvitova beat American Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday, running away with the third set after dropping the last four games of the second.

  • Report: Soviet had state-backed doping plan for '84 Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The New York Times is reporting that the Soviet Union had a state-sponsored doping program ahead of the 1984 Olympics before it boycotted the Los Angeles Games.The paper reported online that the Research Institute of Physical Culture and Sports had a supply of anabolic steroids to inject track and field athletes.

  • Australia rallies, beats Belarus 74-66 in women's basketball

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Australia finished off women's basketball group play undefeated as Liz Cambage scored 17 points and the Aussies rallied to beat Belarus 74-66 Saturday.This was the second straight game that Australia (5-0) trailed by double digits in the second half. The Aussies rallied from 16 down to edge Japan, and this time Belarus led by as much as 13 in the third.

  • The Latest: Green, murky water to be drained at the 'swamp'

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2 p.m.They're going to drain what's been dubbed ''the swamp'' at the Rio Olympics.The water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center has been green-tinged and murky for five days. Officials blame the green water on algae, poor maintenance, heat and more swimmers than expected using the facility. Organizers have insisted the water is safe though some athletes have complained about their eyes being itchy.

  • US landmark nears: 1,000 Summer Olympic gold medals

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sometime very soon, possibly even later Saturday, the United States will lay claim to its 1,000th gold medal all-time in the Summer Olympics.Officially, anyway.Keeping count of the gold total is not as exact a science as one might think.

  • Andy Murray nears 2nd consecutive tennis singles gold medal

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andy Murray is closing in on becoming the first tennis player with consecutive Olympic singles gold medals.Murray moved into the Rio de Janeiro Games final by easily beating Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday, stretching his winning streak to a career-high-tying 17 matches.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray will go for 2nd consecutive gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:30 p.m.Andy Murray is closing in on becoming the first tennis player with consecutive Olympic singles gold medals.Murray moved into the Rio Games final by easily beating Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday, stretching his winning streak to a career-high-tying 17 matches.

  • Get the drift? Badminton players face indoor winds in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The winds of change are blowing at the Rio badminton arena. Actually, those are just the gusts from the air conditioning vents: They're cold and they're strong and they could pose a problem for some of the best players on the planet.

  • Usain Bolt makes the Olympic Stadium his stage, again

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Usain Bolt finally got his party started at the Olympics on Saturday. He put his finger to his lips to ask for quiet at the starting block, rubbed his closely shaved head, crouched down for the start, then grinded through an opening round in the 100 that was routine as making the bed.

  • The Latest: Bolt makes his grand entry to Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 p.m.Usain Bolt made his grand Olympic entry with an easy victory in his 100-meter heat on Saturday.Slow out of the blocks but majestic once he hit his stride, he had time to look left four times to see if anyone was creeping up on him. He coasted across the line in 10.07 seconds.

  • The Latest: U.S. lose to Russia in sabre

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:40 p.m.Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and the U.S. women's sabre team will compete for the bronze later Saturday after a 45-42 loss to Russia in the semifinals.

  • The Latest: U.S. men's boxing builds on strong start

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:25 p.m.The U.S. men's boxing team continues to build on its strong start in Rio.Flyweight Antonio Vargas became the fourth American man to win at the Olympics when he gritted out a majority decision over awkward Brazilian Juliao Neto.

  • The Latest: Tear gas fired at protesters

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:10 p.m.A group of 30 people protesting against the Olympics were detained Friday following clashes with police.Rio state security officials said in a statement Saturday that the protesters were wielding long planks of wood and throwing rocks at police as they tried to march toward the Olympic stadium, where track and field events are being held.

  • The Latest: British pursuit riders break world record

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:05 p.m.---MEDAL ALERT: Christoph Harting of Germany took the gold medal in the discus throw on his last attempt to make sure the Olympic title stays in the family. His brother, defending champion Robert, failed to make the final.

  • The Latest: : Britain has won the men's eight

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:40 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: Britain has won the men's eight, clinching its third rowing gold in the final race of the Olympic regatta.Defending Olympic champion Germany got the silver medal and Netherlands took bronze.

  • The Latest: US wins gold in women's eight

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: The United States has won its third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women's eight, beating Britain and Romania on the final day of the Rio regatta.

  • The Latest: Australia's Brennan takes gold in sculls

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:05 a.m.Kim Brennan of Australia has won the gold medal in the women's single sculls, with Genevra Stone picking up the silver - the United States' first rowing medal in Rio.

  • The Latest: Drysdale repeats gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 a.m.Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand has repeated his gold in the men's single sculls in a dramatic photo finish with Croatia's Martin Damir.

  • The Latest: Athletics underway with triple jump in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10.45Under a blazing sun, Caterine Ibarguen hopped, stepped and jumped the athletics competition into high gear early Saturday when she qualified for the triple jump final on her first attempt. The Colombian has dominated the event over the past years and is a hot favorite to win on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Keirin delayed after crash

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 a.m.A spectacular crash in the second heat of the women's keirin caused a delay in the morning track cycling program so that officials could repair a gouge in the wooden surface of the Olympic velodrome.

  • The Latest: Campbell pulls out of rowing

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 a.m.Britain's Alan Campbell has withdrawn from the finals of the men's single sculls competition for medical reasons.Campbell was scheduled to race in the ''B'' final on Saturday for rowers who didn't qualify among the top six in the semifinals. A short statement from organizers said ''Campbell is unable to row for medical reasons.''

  • The Latest: Taiwanese golfer withdraws because of illness

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 a.m.The third round of Olympic golf began Saturday with one less player.Lin Wen-tang of Taiwan withdrew from the men's competition because of an illness. This did not exactly thwart his chances of getting on the podium Sunday - Lin opened with a pair of 77s and at 12-over 154 was in last place, 22 shots out of the lead.

  • The Latest: 22 gold medals on tap Saturday at Rio Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:50 a.m.There are 22 golds to be won on Day 8 of the Rio Games in 13 different sports.Competitions wrap up Saturday in swimming and rowing - but they are just heating up in track and field, which will award five golds: for the women's 100 meter sprint and the heptathlon, and the men's 10,000 meters, discus and long jump.

  • The Latest: Last day of Olympic rowing, 4 gold medals on tap

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:50 a.m.There are 22 golds to be won on Day 8 of the Rio Games in 13 different sports.Competitions wrap up Saturday in swimming and rowing - but they are just heating up in track and field, which will award five golds: for the women's 100 meter sprint and the heptathlon, and the men's 10,000 meters, discus and long jump.

  • The Latest: US goalie Solo calls Sweden "a bunch of cowards"

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:35 a.m.Hope Solo sure has a way with words.The U.S. goalie called the Swedish team ''a bunch of cowards'' after they beat the favored U.S. women's soccer team 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday at the Rio Olympics.

  • The Latest: 3 UK athletes hoping for 'Super Saturday' in Rio

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 a.m.A potential Latin American grudge match is on tap at the Rio Olympics as Brazil takes on Colombia in the men's soccer quarterfinals.The Brazilian men, booed by fans and squeaking by so far in the Olympic tournament, could get a chance to recapture their nation's adoration in the match Saturday. There's not too much warmth between the two sides since the 2014 World Cup, where Colombia's Juan Camillo Zuniga kneed Brazilian star striker Neymar, fracturing his back.

  • The Latest: Final day of swimming in Rio, 4 golds to be won

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:25 a.m.It's the final day of swimming at the Rio Olympics and four gold medals are up for grabs.Saturday could be Michael Phelps's last time in an Olympic competition. While the American team is not yet set, he could be swimming in the men's 4x100 meter medley relay final. On Friday, he was upset in the 100 fly, taking the silver behind Joseph Schooling of Singapore.

  • The Latest: 7 top sprinters in the Rio mix for 100m final

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:05 a.m.At least seven sprinters are in the mix to be crowned the fastest woman in the world as the 100 meter final takes place at Rio's Olympic Stadium.

  • The Latest: Ledecky's gold is 1st sweep since 1968 Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:45 a.m.`For the first time since 1968' - how cool does that sound?Katie Ledecky capped off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history on Friday night, winning her fourth gold medal and posting her second world record, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle.

  • The Latest: Russians complain about torn flags at Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:15 a.m.Russia's Olympic team has complained to Rio organizers after flags hanging in its Olympic village accommodation were allegedly desecrated.Synchronized swimmer Alexandra Patskevich told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that flags hanging inside Russia's building were ''torn down and tied in knots'' on the floor on two occasions.

  • Late bloomer Maya DiRado closes Olympics with 4 swim medals

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Talk about a one-and-done.Late bloomer Maya DiRado won two golds, a silver and bronze in her first and last Olympics, capping the final meet of her career with a stunning upset of triple gold-medalist Katinka Hosszu in the 200-meter backstroke Friday night.

  • 3 swimmers head to Olympic Stadium instead of the pool

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) British swimmer Fran Halsall landed a trip to the Olympic Stadium.Unfortunately, she was competing at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.The transportation mix-up left officials scrambling to make sure Halsall and two other swimmers got a chance to compete in the semifinals of the women's 50-meter freestyle Friday night.

  • US women's soccer heads home after early Olympic exit

    August 13, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States.The hopes of becoming the first team to win the Olympics following a World Cup are also dashed.Instead, the favored U.S. women's soccer team heads home from Brazil without an Olympic medal for the first time.

  • Fraser-Pryce goes for her 3rd straight Olympic title in 100

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In a flash, the Jamaican sprinter with her hair dyed green and yellow flew down the track, through the interview room and out of the stadium.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce can only hope to be that fast in the 100 meters when she goes for a third straight Olympic title Saturday.

  • US heads home after quarterfinal exit at the Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) There will be no fourth straight gold medal for the United States.The hopes of becoming the first team to win the Olympics following a World Cup are also dashed.Instead, the favored U.S. women's soccer team heads home from Brazil without an Olympic medal for the first time.

  • How often do 3-way ties happen at the Olympics?

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) This will be a defining image of the Rio Olympics: Michael Phelps and two more of the world's greatest swimmers holding hands on one step of the podium.Joseph Schooling of Singapore, the surprise winner of the men's 100-meter butterfly, was delighted to share the podium with silver medalists Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh, three swimmers who ''changed the face of our sport.''

  • Brutal techniques of 'gentle' judo on the rise at Olympics

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Judo translates as ''the gentle way.''But after nearly a week of competition at the Rio Olympics, the meaning of the Japanese martial art seems almost paradoxical; many of the matches have ended brutally, with judo players strangling others into unconsciousness or threatening to break their opponents' arms before forcing them to surrender.

  • Top US BMX rider Connor Fields back from hand injury

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The pink scar that winds from the bottom of Connor Fields' left hand and past his wrist serves as a reminder of the injury that derailed a promising BMX season.It didn't stop him from returning to the Summer Olympics, though.The U.S. BMX team arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a roster chock full of contenders , with Fields leading the way. While the hand he hurt in the spring isn't fully healed, Fields said it feels well enough to do whatever he needs to do on the bike.

  • Ervin pulls off Olympic swim victories 16 years apart

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Anthony Ervin finally has an Olympic gold medal to replace the one he sold 16 years ago.The 35-year-old American won the men's 50-meter freestyle at the Rio Games on Friday, capping a night of upsets in the pool.Ervin improbably touched first in 21.40 seconds - a hundredth of a second ahead of defending champion Florent Manaudou of France. Teammate and former training partner Nathan Adrian claimed bronze.

  • Britain's most decorated Olympian ponders what is next

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Peel back all those layers of fashionable mod clothing that Bradley Wiggins prefers when he's not on the bike and you'll find the beating heart of a sentimentalist.It's why he returned to his first love, track cycling, after conquering the Tour de France.

  • Carter's last throw nets 1st US Olympic gold in women's shot

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michelle Carter loves to let the tension build.At the Olympics, she took it to extremes.The American shot putter waited until her last throw Friday night to knock off arguably the best woman to ever compete in the event - two-time defending champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

  • Canadian men's volleyball makes big strides on world stage

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Glenn Hoag's players surrounded him on the court in celebration Saturday, moments after another memorable Olympic victory for Canada.The tradition began during an Olympic qualifier two months ago in Tokyo, where the Canadians claimed the last berth in Brazil, and has been happening ever since.

  • Walsh Jennings, Ross advance in Olympic beach volleyball

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) They call her ''Six Feet of Sunshine,'' and Kerri Walsh Jennings is pretty good under the moonlight, too.The three-time gold medalist and partner April Ross advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in a midnight match, dispatching Italy 21-10, 21-16 in just 35 minutes.

  • Brief glimpse of Olympics, but all worth it for Dutee Chand

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Dutee Chand pulled out all the stops to run at the Olympics, even taking the international track federation to court in her bid to get to Rio de Janeiro.She won that legal battle and, ultimately, it got her just 11.69 seconds of competition in heat five of the 100 meters on Friday.

  • France men's basketball routs Venezuela 96-56, now 3-1

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) France won its third straight men's basketball game with its most dominant performance in the Olympics, beating Venezuela 96-56 on Friday night to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals.Joffrey Lauvergne scored 17 points and Tony Parker had 14 for the French, who joined Australia at 3-1 in Group A, a game behind the unbeaten U.S. France faces the Americans on Sunday in its final game of the preliminary round.

  • Katie Ledecky swims into history with 4th Olympic gold

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katie Ledecky came into the Rio Olympics facing enormous expectations.Some athletes might've buckled under the pressure.She seemed to thrive on it.The 19-year-old from suburban Washington capped off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history with her fourth gold medal and second world record, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle Friday night.

  • Day 7 of Rio Olympics: Ledecky outshines Phelps

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katie Ledecky even upstaged Michael Phelps at the Olympics on Friday.Ledecky set a world record by winning the women's 800-meter freestyle by an astounding 11.38 seconds. She's only the second woman to sweep the three longest freestyle races at the Olympics and the first one to do it since the 1968 Mexico City Games.

  • Ledecky leaves field in dust, sets 800 world record

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - It seems like Katie Ledecky is still waiting for the rest of the field to finish the 800 freestyle.Right after Michael Phelps had to settle for silver in the 100-meter butterfly, Ledecky restored some normalcy at the pool by handily breaking the world record in her best event.

  • A stunner in Rio: Phelps beaten by 21-year-old in 100 fly

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps is used to being in a league of his own.So it was strange to see him, after what he insists was his final individual race as an Olympian, crowding onto a medal stand with two other swimmers.And it wasn't even the top step.

  • NZ tops Belgium, keeps Britain out of field hockey quarters

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The night was going to end in guaranteed disappointment for one former Olympic field hockey champion.Britain and New Zealand, who share three Olympic gold medals, were in action on Friday under the lights.Whichever of them had the better result would advance from the pools to the quarterfinals, and the other would go home.

  • Nadal, Lopez win Olympic tennis men's doubles for Spain

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rafael Nadal added a second Olympic tennis gold medal to all of those Grand Slam trophies, teaming with Marc Lopez to win the men's doubles championship for Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Nadal and Lopez came back from a break down in the third set and claimed the last three games to beat Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the final Friday.

  • Another scare: US men's basketball team edges Serbia 94-91

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Written in Portuguese on one wall above center court at Carioca Arena is the phrase ''Um mundo novo.'' Translation: A new world.It didn't seem that way in men's Olympic basketball - until now.Threatened by Australia in its previous game, the U.S. men's team survived a heart-racing final seconds to defeat disciplined and experienced Serbia 94-91 on Friday night and extend its winning streak in international tournaments to 49 games.

  • US men's basketball team survives scare against Serbia 94-91

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and the U.S. men's basketball team survived its second straight strong challenge in the Rio Games, edging Serbia 94-91 on Friday.The Americans won their 48th consecutive international tournament game, but it was anything but easy.

  • Upstart Puig, confident Kerber meet in Olympic tennis final

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Monica Puig is trying to accomplish something no one from her country has ever done. Angelique Kerber is seeking to achieve the sort of thing she's already done this year.They play each other Saturday for the Olympic gold medal in women's tennis. Puerto Rico's Puig, ranked 34th in the world, is the upstart in every way. Kerber, the Australian Open champion, is starting to look very comfortable in the role of favorite.

  • Werth most successful Olympic rider as Germany wins dressage

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Isabell Werth became the most successful rider at the Olympics as she helped the German dressage team to gold on Friday, reclaiming the title in an event that her country has historically dominated.Germany has won eight of the past nine gold medals in the discipline, with its run interrupted by Britain in the 2012 London Games.

  • Without his wife, a bittersweet Olympics for Monty Williams

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ingrid Williams was supposed to be here.It was about this point of the Olympics that she planned to join her husband, U.S. men's basketball assistant coach Monty Williams. The couple would likely visit Christ the Redeemer statue, a symbol of Brazil's beauty and their faith, and spend time together just before the hectic start of the school year for their five children.

  • Jolting start for track: Ethiopian shatters 10,000 record

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) What track and field really needed was a Usain Bolt-like jolt to steer the conversation from the endless string of crime, punishment and doping that nearly sank the sport over the past year.What it got was a 10,000-meter world record from an Ethiopian who considers it her second-favorite distance, and a race that will go down as one of the best ever run at the Olympics.

  • Flying Dutchman clinches gold in Olympic windsurfing

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With the late-afternoon sun shining on his shaved head and the round mountains of Rio de Janeiro behind him, Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands stood in his coach's boat, smiled and flashed the hang loose sign with each hand.

  • Bomb squads, stray bullets: Incidents unnerve some in Rio

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The bomb squad rushed past crowds on Copacabana Beach to investigate a backpack abandoned near Rio's ritziest hotel. Despite the potential for danger, local diners sipped their beers, watched an Olympic swimming race on a big-screen television and took selfies with a disposal robot amid what turned out to be a false alarm.

  • US men's fencing team nabs historic bronze medal

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Drenched with sweat and nearly out of breath, exhilarated American fencer Gerek Meinhardt tried to explain how his men's foil team won an Olympic medal for the first time in 84 years.''We feel like we belong here,'' Meinhardt said.

  • A memorable daytime soccer game for NBC

    August 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The non-stop nature of soccer helped and hindered NBC's Arlo White and Kate Markgraf in their coverage of the U.S. women's team, which lost to Sweden on penalty kicks Friday and was bounced from the Olympics.''The USA are distraught,'' White said, describing the aftermath of Lisa Dahlkvist's deciding penalty.

  • Pennsylvania talent fuels unbeaten US women's field hockey

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Take a glance at the Olympic roster for the United States women's field hockey team, and you'll notice a recurring theme - 12 of the 25 players on the undefeated squad are from Pennsylvania.The state's success in the sport goes back decades. Beth Anders, the leading overall women's scorer at the 1984 Olympics, is from Norristown. Ten of the 16 players on that bronze-medal winning team were from Pennsylvania.

  • Neymar hoping for better luck against nemesis Colombia

    August 12, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) The last time Neymar faced Colombia, he was sent off and went on a rant that led to a four-match suspension. The time before, he left the field on a stretcher with an injury that ended his World Cup at home.Neymar has no fond memories of those recent matches with the senior team. Now he hopes for better luck in the Olympics when Brazil and Colombia meet in the quarterfinals Saturday.

  • Spain routs winless Senegal 97-43 in women's basketball

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Astou Ndour scored 18 points, and Spain routed winless Senegal 97-43 Friday to set up a pivotal game to wrap up women's basketball group play.Spain (3-1) will play Canada (3-1) on Sunday in the final game before the medal round, and the winner can avoid the Americans until the gold medal game. Canada lost 81-51 to the U.S. earlier Friday.

  • Fighting back: Women's boxing begins encore in Rio Olympics

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Mandy Bujold and Mikaela Mayer barely missed out on the debut of women's boxing at the London Olympics.The Canadian flyweight and the American lightweight both stuck with their sport after that qualifying disappointment, and they both celebrated victories in their long-awaited Olympic debuts Friday.

  • Column: Not easy going green at the Olympic diving pool

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) At these Olympics, it's not always the grass that's greener on the other side.It's the diving pool.Think Rio officials were embarrassed they had to hire helicopters and spotters to try and keep sewage out of sailing waters? Now they can't seem to get the green out of the diving pool water.

  • Ellison overcomes himself to win archery bronze

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The biggest battle Brady Ellison had to win Friday was the one going on inside his head.The American was one arrow away from the gold medal round in the men's individual archery when he flat out missed and registered an eight in a shootout against South Korean Ku Bon-chan. Ku took advantage of the opening with a nine and went on to win gold. In the meanwhile, Ellison had to immediately regroup for the bronze medal round starting moments later to avoid going home empty-handed.

  • Sun Yang won't defend Olympic 1,500 free title in the pool

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sun Yang of China won't be defending his Olympic title in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle.Sun finished 16th in Friday's preliminaries and only the top eight advanced to the final on Saturday, the last day of swimming at the Rio Olympics.

  • Olympics making progress cleaning green-tinged diving pool

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Abby Johnston set her alarm for 5:45 a.m. Friday, intent on getting in an early morning warm-up before the first individual diving event of the Rio Olympics.When she arrived at the pool, it was closed.''I was a little frustrated, to say the least,'' the American diver said. ''A little cranky, because it was early too.''

  • Is NBC's prime-time Olympics due for a change?

    August 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A former journalist turned college professor, Kelly Whiteside is watching NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage this month for the first time in 16 years. She's surprised at what she's found - not because the programs have changed so much, but because they haven't.

  • Canada's Abel leads Olympic prelims of women's springboard

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on a synchronized diving medal, Jennifer Abel of Canada led the way in the preliminaries of women's 3-meter springboard Friday.Abel topped the favored Chinese with a five-round score of 373.00 points. He Zi was right behind at 367.05, followed by teammate and reigning world champion Shi Tingmao at 357.55.

  • Britain takes pursuit gold, China wins women's team sprint

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Bradley Wiggins slowly dismounted his track bike for the final time, basking in the cheers of an adoring crowd, and was greeted by two of the most decorated Olympians in British history.Not the most decorated, mind you.That title now belongs solely to him.

  • See Olympic heroes again? Perhaps not in weightlifting

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) If you enjoyed weightlifting at the 2012 Olympics, you might be confused about where your favorites have gone.The reigning gold, silver and bronze medalists weren't around Friday for the women's 75-kilogram class because they're all suspended. Spain's Lidia Valentin Perez was fourth in London in 2012, but is now waiting to see whether she'll be upgraded to top spot.

  • California paper apologizes over Simone Manuel headline

    August 12, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Mercury News of San Jose, California, apologized Friday for an insensitive headline about U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel.The 20-year-old Stanford University student became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event when she tied for first with Penny Oleksiak of Canada in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night.

  • Egyptian judo athlete refuses to shake Israeli's hand

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him.Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.

  • Day 7 of Rio Olympics: Death, doping and disrespect

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) No gold for Hope Solo, but plenty of bitterness. And a big scare for the U.S. men's basketball team.The United States women's soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals Friday, a startling loss for the four-time Olympic champions.

  • Sevens and Olympics collide, rugby makes an impact from Rio

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It was fast, it was furious and the ultra-fit players were colliding at full pace. Rugby sevens certainly grabbed attention in its debut at the Olympic Games.The New England Patriots watched some of the bruising encounters involving teammate Nate Ebner, sending messages of support. It made headlines in Japan. It virtually shut down an entire Pacific nation.

  • Teddy Riner wins another gold in Olympic judo

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Six years undefeated, two Olympic gold medals won, and more to come.French heavyweight Teddy Riner, a record-eight time world judo champion, earned a second straight gold Friday in the sport's final event of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Close calls! Nadal, Murray both squeak into Olympic semis

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After struggling for much of his Olympic singles quarterfinal against a Brazilian opponent backed by a raucous home crowd, Rafael Nadal finally seized control by using a big backhand to set up an easy putaway at the net for a third-set service break.

  • Canada's MacLennan wins 2nd women's trampoline gold

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Defending Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan opted for her easier routine during women's trampoline finals on Friday, a rare moment of caution in a sport that thrives on daring.''I was a lot more confident in it,'' MacLennan said. ''The other one was a little more shaky. I knew it would be a bit of a gamble and the Olympics isn't a time to gamble.''

  • Playing in Olympics much easier than watching twin sister

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katherine Plouffe was having a difficult time sitting in the stands at the London Olympics, watching the Canadian women's basketball team play. She wanted to be on the court, but she wasn't ready.If that wasn't motivation enough, she sat and watched her twin sister, Michelle, play.

  • US boxing medal drought ends with Nico Hernandez's bronze

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nico Hernandez had a gnarly gash over his left eye that left him bloodied, with blurred vision and in need of stitches.He has a better look in mind for Sunday.Hernandez will leave the Rio Games with a bronze medal in the light flyweight division, ending a medal drought for the U.S. that stretched to 2008. He's also the first American light flyweight to medal since Michael Carbajal won silver in 1988.

  • Usain Bolt tells parents he's ready to race on Sunday

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The health of Usain Bolt has been a question as the showman enters his final Olympics nursing a sore hamstring.His parents paid him a brief visit in the athletes village and insisted Friday he's ready to run and defend his gold medals.

  • Simone Manuel's gold medal is not just for her

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When she was 11, Simone Manuel came home and asked her mother a question: Why weren't there more people who looked like her in swimming?Mom didn't have an answer.''We got on the internet and did some searches and we came up with some information,'' Sharron Manuel said. ''At that moment she really realized she was OK with who she was. It was important for me to do that for her because even at that time I saw she could do something special.''

  • Rhode earns bronze to medal in 6 straight Olympics

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kim Rhode stood at the base of the Olympic podium, unsure of what to do with her hands. She tugged at the bottom of her shirt, adjusted the sleeve, dropped her arms to the sides.Scanning the crowd, she locked onto a mop-haired boy sitting on a man's shoulders, waving wildly at her. A huge smile flashed across Rhode's face as she waved back.

  • German canoe coach fights for life after Rio car crash

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A German Olympic canoe coach is fighting for his life after a car accident left him with serious head injuries.Stefan Henze, a canoe slalom silver medalist at the 2004 Games, underwent emergency surgery in a Rio de Janeiro hospital.

  • Australia rests Andrew Bogut in 25-point blowout of China

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andrew Bogut rested his sore left knee against China. His Australian teammates didn't relax without him.Bogut sat in street clothes on the bench, cheered and even collected basketballs at halftime Friday as Australia, so far the biggest surprise team in the men's Olympic tournament, coasted to its third win by smashing China 93-68.

  • US women's basketball routs Canada 81-51, clinches Group B

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There was no question coming into the Olympics that the U.S. women's basketball team could score.With the offense struggling at points Friday for the first time, the Americans turned up their defensive effort to dispatch Canada.Maya Moore scored 12 points and the U.S. clinched the top seed in the group with an 81-51 win over its northern neighbors.

  • The secret behind Olympic gymnastics champs? Their coaches

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Before the gold, before the glory, there were tears.From the coaches.Long before the stunning exhibition on Thursday night that earned her the Olympic all-around title, Simone Biles was just a prodigy in the USA Gymnastics developmental program. She and coach Aimee Boorman would travel regularly to the Karolyi Ranch about an hour north of their gym in suburban Houston. There national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her staff would offer pointers not just to the young girls but the adults entrusted with harnessing all that talent and turning them into champions.

  • US loses 8-5 to Montenegro, no chance for quarters

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The future is now for the U.S. men's water polo team. That's about all the Americans can do with what's left of their time at the Olympics.The United States won silver in Beijing, but slipped to eighth in London and will fare even worse in Rio de Janeiro after losing 8-5 to Montenegro on Friday, eliminating any chance of making the quarterfinals. Every time the U.S. pushed for the advantage, Montenegro answered, and an unusual brutality call on Alex Roelse made life even more difficult for the Americans.

  • For some racewalkers, a cloud of doping is most frustrating

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Some 5,000 miles away from Brazil, longtime racewalking coach and competitor Don Lawrence was watching an online feed of Friday's men's 20-kilometer event at the Rio Games when the conversation turned to doping within the sport.The question was if it will ever be considered clean.

  • Rowing drought: US chases 1st medals in final day of regatta

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. rowing team enters the last races of the Olympic regatta Saturday without a single medal but with big hopes of extending its winning streak in the women's eight.The Americans have won every major title in the event since 2006 and the eight racing in Rio looks as strong as ever. The team dominated its qualifying heat this week with lots of open water between the U.S. and second-placed Netherlands.

  • Olympic officials try to clean green-tinged diving pool

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic divers planning to practice Friday arrived to a closed pool as officials took more time to clean the green-tinged water before holding the first individual event of the Rio Games.The water suddenly changed color Tuesday, midway through the synchronized diving events. Officials insisted the water was safe for competing, even after a larger, adjacent pool used for water polo and synchronized swimming also turned a lighter shade of green.

  • Uber driver to watch son at Olympics, thanks to passenger

    August 12, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A chance ride, an hourlong conversation, and the generosity of strangers are making it possible for a Philadelphia Uber driver to go to Rio to see his son compete in the Olympics.Retired bus driver Ellis Hill didn't have the money to fly to Brazil to watch his son, shot putter Darrell Hill.

  • Germany beats Netherlands 2-1 in men's field hockey

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic champion Germany held on to beat the Netherlands 2-1 Friday in their 200th meeting to top their pool in men's field hockey at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Germany led 2-0 soon after halftime thanks to nice touches in front of goal, but the Dutch cut the margin just before the fourth quarter.

  • Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli opponent's hand

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with his winning Israeli opponent.Islam El Shehaby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Or Sasson.

  • US trio of setters helps lead the way for American women

    August 12, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kelsey Robinson lifted Courtney Thompson into a congratulatory embrace when the match finally ended, celebrating the reserve setter's timely ace serve in a hard-fought win against Italy.It took something from everyone for the United States women's volleyball team to stay unbeaten in Rio.

  • US ousted, Sweden wins 4-3 on penalties after 1-1 draw

    August 12, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) For the first time, the United States won't win an Olympic medal in women's soccer.The three-time defending champions were ousted by Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday.Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat Hope Solo and Christen Press' attempt against Hedvig Lindhal went over the net. With the next kick, Lisa Dahlkvist beat an outstretched Solo for the 4-3 win.

  • With Neymar struggling, Brazilian soccer fans turn to Marta

    August 8, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) The frustration with Brazil's soccer team is so great that fans are jeering Neymar and wishing women's star Marta could come to the rescue.While Marta has been thriving with the women's team, Neymar has disappointed at the men's Olympic tournament, where Brazil is facing early elimination in a scenario that once seemed unthinkable in the soccer-obsessed host country.

  • Man-up situations critical in Olympic water polo

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matteo Aicardi is tough to guard in normal situations in water polo. When Italy plays with the man advantage, he becomes even more dangerous.Same for Filip Filipovic and Serbia, Ioannis Fountoulis and Greece, and the list goes on and on.

  • The Latest: Brazil wins its first gold medal in Rio Games

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Rafaela Silva has won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Silva won judo's 57-kilogram division.---4:50 p.m.

  • The Karolyi Way leaves lasting legacy for USA Gymnastics

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Martha Karolyi Way is a pinch on the neck. A tilt of the head. A purse of the lips. A nod of approval. A series of directives, most of them blunt, all designed for maximum impact.It is a compound tucked in the Texas woods where the rest of the world slips away so the foundation of a gymnastics dynasty can be laid.

  • No respite: Problems everywhere for Kenya at the Olympics

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The problems are stacking up for Kenya at the Olympics: A new doping scandal, ineligible athletes, missing plane tickets, and now bad blood between the track and field federation and the national Olympic committee.And their top athletes haven't even set foot on the track in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Spats over doping dominate Olympic swimming events

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she's not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia.King made that clear in a finger-wagging display after her 100-meter breaststroke win over the Russian, who has a history of doping. King pointedly disparaged the Russian after the event over her drug history, and the feud has helped make doping spats among swimmers an intriguing subplot in the Rio Games so far.

  • The Latest: Australia improves to 2-0 in men's basketball

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:50 p.m.Australia has improved to 2-0 in men's basketball, beating Serbia 95-80 in another impressive performance.Patty Mills scored 26 points and Matthew Dellavedova had 23 points and 13 assists for the Australians, who have opened the Olympics by beating France and Serbia, two of the top teams in the world.

  • No comeback for Fox-Pitt in equestrian eventing

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) William Fox-Pitt's medal hopes took a hit Monday on a tricky cross-country course in the eventing competition at the Olympics.Fox-Pitt led after the dressage phase and seemed set to challenge for a first individual Olympic medal only 10 months after being put into an induced coma following a fall in cross-country.

  • AP Interview: Bach to continue push for Olympic doping bans

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The IOC will keep trying to enforce a rule that would prevent former doping cheats from competing in future Olympics.In an interview with The Associated Press, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday that he will make a third attempt to push through an OIympic ban on any athlete who has received a serious drug sanction.

  • US women's 8 shines in Rio as Olympic regatta resumes

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After a day off due to gusty winds, Olympic rowers got back in their boats Monday with the outstanding U.S. women's eight making a strong debut in Rio.On calm water with barely a breeze on Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Americans qualified for Saturday's final in 6 minutes, 6.34 seconds, a whopping eight seconds ahead of the Netherlands.

  • The Latest: Australia, New Zealand in rugby sevens final

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:20 p.m.World series champion Australia and longtime women's rugby front-runner New Zealand will play off for the first rugby sevens gold ever awarded at the Olympics after convincing semifinal wins.

  • The Latest: IOC head: I'll try again to bar former dopers

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach says he will try again to prevent any athlete who has received a serious doping sanction from competing in future Olympics.

  • Aussies, Kiwis to play for 1st Olympic gold in rugby 7s

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) As predicted, the first Olympic rugby sevens gold medal will be heading to either Australia or New Zealand.In semifinal matches featuring the top four ranked teams, world series champion Australia beat Canada 17-5 on Monday and longtime women's rugby front-runner New Zealand scored five tries in a 25-7 win over Britain, with Portia Woodman crossing for her second hat trick of the tournament.

  • Muhammad first US athlete to wear hijab at an Olympics

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The third day of the Rio Games featured a first: fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history Monday by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women's sabre tournament, beating Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13 before losing in the next round to Ceclia Berder of France.

  • Phelps' formula after late-night finals: pound pasta, sleep

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With the Olympic swimming finals ending in the early morning hours, Michael Phelps has a quick turnaround before he's due back at the pool.The 19-time gold medalist packs a lot into his scant off-time: massages, ice baths, eating and some all-important sleep.

  • Ledecky, not Franklin, all the swimming rage at Rio Olympics

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In a hallway beneath the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Missy Franklin was surrounded by the media after her first race of the Rio de Janeiro Games.Until Katie Ledecky walked by.At least half the reporters bolted away from Franklin while she was in mid-answer Monday, all of them eager to fire a few questions at Ledecky.

  • Italy's Campriani calms fears to earn air rifle goal

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Niccolo Campriani saw his lead drop to less than a point heading into the finals.One miscue or great shot by Ukraine's Serhiy Kulish and the gold that eluded the Italian four years ago would slip through his fingers again.Campriani pulled it out by pulling off the two biggest shots of his career.

  • The Latest: NBC announcer says he regrets Biles family tweet

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.NBC announcer Al Trautwig says he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents.

  • NBC announcer says he regrets tweet about Biles' parents

    August 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC announcer Al Trautwig said Monday he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents, a declaration that angered advocates for adoption.Trautwig had been scolded by a woman on Twitter for not referring to Ron and Nellie Biles as the 19-year-old Olympic gymnast's parents. Ron Biles, her maternal grandfather, and his wife Nellie adopted Simone and her sister Adria in 2000 after they spent time in foster care.

  • The Latest: Rio police: Namibia boxer accused of sex assault

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:20 p.m.Rio de Janeiro police say Namibia's flag bearer has been arrested for sexual assault, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of sexually attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

  • The Latest: Del Potro back on court in singles, doubles

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3 p.m.No rest for the weary in Olympic tennis: A day after getting trapped in an elevator for 40 minutes - and only 15 1/2 hours after stunning No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games - Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro is back on court.

  • The Latest: Hosszu competing in 3rd swimming event in 3 days

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:50 p.m.Katinka Hosszu is competing in her third swimming event in as many days at the Rio Olympics.The Hungarian nicknamed ''The Iron Lady'' for her ambitious schedule topped the preliminary heats of the 200-meter individual medley on Monday. Her time of 2 minutes, 7.45 seconds led 15 other women into the semifinals later at night.

  • Swiss court denies 2 Russians' bid to put track ban on hold

    August 8, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Two Russian track and field athletes have failed in a bid to have their ban from the Olympics put on hold.Two-time Olympic pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva and world 110-meter hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov had applied to the Swiss Federal Court to delay application of an earlier Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which upheld the Russian team's ban from the Olympic track meet. Had they won, it could have allowed them to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Phelps 5th qualifier for 1st individual event

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:25 p.m.Michael Phelps has begun his first individual event of the Rio Olympics in the 200-meter butterfly.The 19-time gold medalist wasn't the fastest, though.

  • US knocks off No. 3 Australia in women's field hockey

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Once again, the United States got off to a slow start.And again, the Americans regained their composure and knocked off a world power at the Olympics, claiming their second straight win against a top-three team in women's field hockey by beating No. 3 Australia 2-1 on Monday.

  • The Latest: US women's basketball routs Spain 103-63

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:15 p.m.Brittney Griner used her size advantage inside scoring eight of the first 10 points for the United States, and the Americans turned in another perfunctory rout in beating Spain 103-63 on Monday.

  • Rio organizers not first to bungle country's flag

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tip to event organizers everywhere: Check your flags and anthems. Then, check them again.Rio Games organizers who managed to irritate China by using incorrectly printed Chinese flags can take consolation from the fact that they are not the first to make such gaffes and, judging from how often these errors happen, surely won't be the last.

  • US women use balanced attack for 2nd rout, beat Spain 103-63

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Everywhere Sue Bird looks on the court, there's someone in a U.S. jersey that can score. It's a point guard's dream.From top to bottom this version of the American Olympic women's basketball team is stacked with offensive weapons. And at the early pace they are scoring at the Rio Games, they might break the 1996 team's record average of 102.4 points a game.

  • The Latest: Ledecky bid to sweep longer free events on track

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:05 p.m.Swimmer Katie Ledecky's bid to sweep the longer freestyle events at the Rio Games is on track.A night after winning the 400-meter free in world-record time, Ledecky has posted the top qualifying time in the 200 free preliminaries.

  • 'Ipanema' song jumps 1,200 percent after Olympics ceremony

    August 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) ''The Girl from Ipanema'' has won a gold medal in music streaming following the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.Spotify says the song was streamed more than 40,000 times a day after the Olympics kicked off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It is 1,200 percent rise for the track, which was typically streamed about 3,000 times a day before the Olympics, the streaming service said.

  • The Latest: Olympic organizers tell athletes: Cut trash talk

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2 p.m.Olympics organizers are urging competitors to cut the trash talk.American swimmer Lilly King raised the specter of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova's doping ban after racing at the Rio Games, saying: ''I'm here to compete clean.''

  • Kenya vows 'no mercy' for track manager expelled from Rio

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Once again, questions are swirling about Kenyan runners and doping, this time at the biggest event of all: the Olympics.Kenya said Sunday it would send its track and field manager home from the Rio de Janeiro Games on the first available flight and show ''no mercy'' following newspaper allegations that he told undercover reporters posing as coaches that he could protect doping athletes from drug tests in exchange for a pay-off.

  • The Latest: Top-seeded archer beaten by 29th-ranked player

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:45 p.m.UPSET ALERT: Talk about a tournament changer. Top seed and world record holding archer Kim Woojin of South Korea has been beaten by a player ranked 29th in the world.

  • Column: In fight against doping, disabled lead the way

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Maybe it's time we started paying more attention to the Paralympics.Not only are their athletes courageous, so are their leaders.They did what Olympics officials wouldn't Sunday, kicking the Russians out of their games next month for operating a state-sponsored doping system that helped both Olympians and Paralympians top the medal charts in Sochi two years ago.

  • NBC analyst criticized over comment about Simone Biles

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) An NBC gymnastics announcer has come under fire on social media over comments he made about the adoptive parents of American gymnast Simone Biles.The 19-year-old gymnast and her younger sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, after spending time in foster care. Simone Biles refers to them as her parents.

  • Nadia Comaneci clarifies that she's Romanian, not Russian

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nadia Comaneci wants to make sure everyone knows she's Romanian, not Russian.Comaneci posted a screengrab to Twitter of a mention on Marie Claire's website of her perfect 10 on the uneven bars at the 1976 Montreal Games. The post shows a gymnast in a red leotard and describes Comaneci as Russian. Comaneci says on Twitter, ''No... is not me... and I am Romanian.''

  • Irish executive nabbed for scalping Olympic tickets

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro police have arrested an Irish executive and his translator in an investigation of illegal sales of Olympics tickets.Authorities say Kevin James Mallon is one of the heads of the British firm THG Sports, a ticketing and hospitality provider. Mallon was arrested with fake tickets for the Rio Games and is accused of conspiracy charges and for helping sell tickets illegally, police said Monday.

  • Philippines celebrates weightlifter's silver medal in Rio

    August 8, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) The Philippines celebrates the silver medal win of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - and a break to the 20-year medal drought for the Southeast Asian country.President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Ernesto Abella said Monday Duterte joins Filipinos in celebrating Diaz' victory. He says the president has sent his congratulations to the athlete, an Air Force soldier, who has brought honor to the country.

  • The Latest: Russian runners fail in bid to suspend ban

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---12:40 p.m.Two of Russia's top track and field athletes have failed in a bid to have their ban from the Olympics put on hold by a Swiss court.Sergei Shubenkov, the world 110-meter hurdles champion, tells Russian media he and two-time Olympic pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva applied to Swiss federal court to freeze the implementation of a ruling last month from the Court of Arbitration for Sport which upheld Russia's ban from the Olympic track meet.

  • Brazilian selected to hit golf's first shot in 112 years

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The first Olympic golf shot in 112 years will be hit by the lone Brazilian in the men's field.The International Golf Federation tapped into what few Olympic roots it has Monday by selecting Adilson da Silva to be the first to tee off Thursday when golf returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 1904.

  • The Latest: Kenya has 2 wins in the first 3 days of boxing

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---12:10 p.m.The United States claimed its second straight win against a top-three team in women's field hockey, beating No. 3 Australia 2-1 on Monday.Michelle Vittese and Caitlin van Sickle scored for the Americans, who defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their Olympic opener on Saturday.

  • USA knocks off No. 3 Australia in women's field hockey

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The United States claimed its second straight win against a top-three team in women's field hockey, beating No. 3 Australia 2-1 on Monday.Michelle Vittese and Caitlin van Sickle scored for the Americans, who defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their Olympic opener on Saturday.

  • Nigeria sports minister apologizes for Olympics travel chaos

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nigeria's sports minister apologized to the Olympic men's soccer team and took responsibility Monday for the travel chaos that resulted in players arriving on the same day as their first game in Rio de Janeiro.The team was delayed last week in Atlanta, with one official saying it was because they tried to buy plane tickets to Rio de Janeiro at the last minute and then found a charter plane was too small to carry the entire delegation.

  • Australian, Chinese swim officials tangle amid doping feud

    August 8, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Swimming officials from Australia and China have joined the fray as a feud over doping between swimmers Mack Horton and Sun Yang boils over at the Rio Olympics.The Chinese Swimming Association asked Horton on Monday to apologize for his ''inappropriate words'' after he labeled Sun a ''drug cheat'' - a reference to Sun's three-month suspension in 2014 over banned heart medication. Australia's Olympic Committee shot back in Horton's defense hours later, saying he was speaking his mind in support of clean athletes and wished him luck.

  • The Latest: Anti dopers welcome Paralympics decision

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---11:30 a.m.The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations is applauding the decision by Paralympics officials to ban the entire Russian delegation.

  • The Latest: First American with hijab competes in Olympics

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20 a.m.Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history Monday by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women's sabre tournament, beating Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13.

  • The Latest: Brazilian to hit first golf shot

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---11:10 a.m.The first golf shot in 112 years at the Olympics will be struck by the lone Brazilian player in the men's field.Adilson da Silva was selected to tee off first Thursday at the Olympic Golf Course, and the International Golf Federation did not stop there. Also in the opening threesome is Graham DeLaet of Canada and Byeong Hun An of South Korea.

  • The Latest: Richie Porte heads home with injury

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):---10:30 a.m.Australian cyclist Richie Porte is headed home after breaking his right scapula during a crash in the Olympic road race, two days before he was supposed to race for gold in the time trial.

  • The Latest: Canadian swimmer Oleksiak gives nation 2 medals

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:25 p.m.Canada's Penny Oleksiak has produced both her and her country's second medal of the Rio Games in as many days.The 16-year-old from Toronto won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly on Sunday and swam the anchor leg of the women's 4 x 100 freestyle that earned bronze on Saturday.

  • The Latest: US women's eight dominates rowing heat in Rio

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 a.m.The U.S. women's eight has entered the Rio Olympics rowing competition in dominating style, winning its heat several boat lengths ahead of the Netherlands.

  • The Latest: Silver in Rio ends Philippines' medal drought

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:30 a.m.The Philippines is celebrating the silver medal won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Rio Olympics - a happy break to the Southeast Asian nation's 20-year medal drought.

  • The Latest: Rivals head to swim final after finger waves

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7 a.m.Finger-waving is usually reserved for mothers, grandmothers and Dikembe Mutombo, but an American swimmer's finger-waving over a Russian swimmer's drug cheating is heating up the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

  • The Latest: China, Australia trade barbs over doping comment

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 a.m.National officials for Australia and China are jumping into the fray as a feud between swimmers Mack Horton and Sun Yang continues to boil.The Chinese Swimming Association on Monday asked Horton to apologize for his ''inappropriate words'' after he labeled Sun a ''drug cheat'' - a reference to Sun's three-month 2014 suspension over banned heart medication.

  • The Latest: 14 gold medals await athletes in Rio de Janeiro

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:30 a.m.Eight sports will be awarding 14 gold medals Monday at the Rio Olympics in events ranging from artistic gymnastics to diving, fencing, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, swimming and weightlifting.

  • Efimova's doping past stirs up waves in Olympic pool

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) American Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she's not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia. King made that clear in a finger-waving display worthy of Dikembe Mutombo as she disparaged the Russian for doping.

  • For Michael Phelps, 6 gold medals seem very much in reach

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Michael Phelps arrived in Rio as a 31-year-old swimmer who retired once and endured plenty of turmoil away from the pool, everyone wondered just how many gold medals was a realistic goal.How does six sound?In his first appearance of these Summer Games, Phelps showed he is still capable of the kind of jaw-dropping, did-he-really-just-do-that? performances that already made him the most decorated Olympic athlete of them all.

  • Computers, technology help US track and field go for gold

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The seeds for many of the 25, maybe 30, medals the U.S. track team hopes to win in Rio de Janeiro were planted at a training center in California with the help of technology originally designed for golf.One of the many tools USA Track and Field makes available to its athletes is called ''Track Man,'' a computerized tracking device that sports fans might recognize from watching golf on TV. In addition to golf balls, ''Track Man'' can trace the trajectory of shot puts and hammers to allow the athletes who throw them keep track of how high and far they go.

  • For 1 Brazilian, Olympics feel like his nation has arrived

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ''Go to bed,'' my grandmother implored. ''It is late, and these Olympics are very far away.''I was 6 years old, a boy in working-class Sao Paulo already obsessed with the Olympics, staying up to watch the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. Grandmother Lazinha - we called her Zica - was right. It was indeed late for a kid. But what she also meant, I understand now, was that no one living in the Brazil of those days was expected to go very far. Nor was my homeland itself.

  • Ibtihaj Muhammad to make Olympic history

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ibtihaj Muhammad has used her profile as an Olympian to try to change misconceptions others might have about Muslim-Americans.On Monday, she'll become the first U.S. athlete to wear a hijab during the Olympics - and a medal in fencing isn't out of the question either.

  • Brazilian sailors looking to shine on polluted Guanabara Bay

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Rio Olympics won't leave the legacy of a clean Guanabara Bay, the polluted harbor that will host the sailing regatta far below the imposing landmarks of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.There's still going to be something for Brazil to cheer for. When the regatta starts Monday, 43-year-old Robert Scheidt will be trying to become the first Olympic sailor - and first Brazilian - to win six Olympic medals.

  • Why does Michael Phelps have purple spots on his back?

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After the American men's 4x100-meter relay team won gold, Michael Phelps reached down to help anchorman Nathan Adrian out of the pool.While he did it, millions of Americans watching at home saw several purple dots on his back and shoulder.

  • Adam Peaty's #OlympicNan swimming at fast pace on Twitter

    August 8, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Every athlete should have a fan as devoted as #OlympicNan.The grandmother of British swimmer Adam Peaty has become a champion tweeter as she gushes about his achievements. With a Twitter biography that describes herself as "Proud Nan to a World Champion Breaststroker," Mavis Williams, 74, is gaining followers who use the word "adorable" to describe her passion for Peaty.

  • Olympic cycling course leaves riders bloodied, broken

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After a series of spills in the men's Olympic road race left cyclists with broken bones and bloody road rash, it seemed as if the women's race Sunday was going to escape serious injury.That all changed in a fraction of a second.Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, barreling down the final descent of Vista Chinesa in the lead, hit the deck in a spectacular fall. Her bike catapulted into the air, and van Vleuten lay motionless on the side of the road while the rest of the field cautiously swept past her.

  • Britain's Peaty, Sweden's Sjostrom set world records in Rio

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Another night, another world record for Adam Peaty.The British swimmer cruised to victory in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 57.13 seconds Sunday night, shattering the mark of 57.55 he set a day earlier in the preliminaries.

  • Harrington pushes for Olympic golf and now gets to play

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Padraig Harrington was a strong voice in golf's bid to become an Olympic sport for the first time in more than a century.And then golf's image took a hit as players began dropping out, and the Irishman went quiet.He desperately wanted golf to succeed, and that meant unified support from the top players. But as they began pulling out - particularly Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland - it became personal. Without players withdrawing, he wouldn't have a chance to play.

  • Water polo's Gilchrist leaning toward surfing for 2020

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kaleigh Gilchrist is all about water polo right now. When surfing joins the Olympics in 2020, well, check back with her closer to Tokyo.The 24-year-old Gilchrist is a steady attacker for the U.S. women's water polo team, favored to win a second straight gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. But she plans to try for a pro surfing career after the Olympics.

  • Oh say can you sob: US swimmers get emotional at Rio Games

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ryan Held couldn't sing along to the U.S. national anthem with his teammates. He was too overcome with emotion on the top spot of the medal podium.Held broke down crying, his shoulders shaking, his eyes squeezed shut after the Americans won the 4x100-meter freestyle relay on the second night of swimming at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday. Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian and Held teamed to claim the gold in 3 minutes, 9.92 seconds for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Games.

  • Upsetting! Djokovic 1 of 3 top seeds out of Olympic tennis

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Novak Djokovic shook his head and placed his palm over welling eyes on his way to the locker room after a first-round Olympic exit, devastated he might never realize his goal of adding a gold in singles to a substantial collection of Grand Slam titles.

  • No. 19: Phelps adds another Olympic gold with dazzling relay

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps has to clear out more space in his medal case.Time to make room for gold No. 19.With yet another dazzling performance, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history added to his staggering haul Sunday night in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, giving the United States a lead it never relinquished.

  • Aussie coach to kicker: This is for the gold medal

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A full day earlier than he really wanted to, Australia coach Tim Walsh had to send a runner out to his goalkicker with a very important message: This is for the gold medal.There was no Olympic medal to win in rugby sevens on Sunday, but there was plenty to lose for the Australians.

  • Brazil disappoints again in men's soccer, draws Iraq 0-0

    August 8, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Disappointed yet again, the Brazilian fans jeered their own team and saved their applause for Iraq.Brazil, which has never won the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer, failed to win for the second consecutive game, held to a 0-0 draw by the Iraqis on Sunday.

  • The Latest: US men take 4x100 freestyle gold, Phelps' 19th

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:15 a.m.Michael Phelps has earned the 19th gold medal of his career, helping the United States win the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics.Phelps took the second leg after Caeleb Dressel led off for the Americans, and it was another memorable performance at a distance that isn't Phelps' specialty. His split of 47.12 seconds gave the Americans a lead they never relinquished. In fact, it was a faster time than all but the three anchors on the medal-winning teams.

  • Argentina beats Nigeria 94-66 in Olympic men's basketball

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Manu Ginobili got his fourth Olympics started with 12 points and an easy victory, as Argentina beat Nigeria 94-66 on Sunday in the final Olympic men's basketball game of the night.Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 19 points, while flag bearer Luis Scola had 18 for the 2004 gold medalists. Patricio Garino finished with 15 in front of crowd filled with flag-waving Argentina fans who sang and chanted for much of the night.

  • The Latest: Brazil ties Iraq 0-0 in men's soccer in Olympics

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:10 a.m.Brazil's dream of winning a soccer gold medal is quickly turning into a nightmare.Brazil drew its second consecutive game at the Olympic tournament Sunday, being held by Iraq to a 0-0 draw and hearing more loud jeers from the home fans.

  • The Latest: US captures 4x100 freestyle gold, Phelps' 19th

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12 a.m.MEDAL ALERT: Michael Phelps and the United States have captured gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics. France claimed the silver and Australia took the bronze.

  • Adam Peaty's grandmother swimming at fast pace on Twitter

    August 7, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Every athlete should have a fan as devoted as #OlympicNan.The grandmother of British swimmer Adam Peaty has become a champion tweeter as she gushes about his achievements. With a Twitter biography that describes herself as "Proud Nan to a World Champion Breaststroker," Mavis Williams, 74, is gaining followers who use the word "adorable" to describe her passion for Peaty.

  • Racing only the clock, Ledecky cruises to world record

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katie Ledecky was racing nothing but the clock.It was no contest.The unassuming teenager from suburban Washington gave the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday night, crushing her own world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle.

  • The Latest: Top-seeded Mahut, Pierre-Hugues lose in doubles

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:40 p.m.UPSET ALERT: Top-seeded Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France lose in first round of men's doubles tournament 7-6 (4), 6-3 to Colombia's Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

  • The Latest: Ledecky record gives US 1st swimming gold in Rio

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 p.m.Katie Ledecky has given the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics with a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle.The result was totally expected. Ledecky has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old.

  • Saric's Rio moment: Swats away Gasol's shot to preserve win

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With one big block, Dario Saric gave a glimpse of what the 76ers can't wait to see in Philadelphia.And he showed why Croatia believes in its chances to reach the quarterfinals in these Olympics.Saric swatted away Pau Gasol's shot just before the buzzer, preserving Croatia's 72-70 upset of Spain on Sunday night in a men's basketball game.

  • The Latest: Del Potro knocks Djokovic out of singles in Rio

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:20 p.m.Juan Martin del Potro is back.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was swept out of the Olympic men's singles tennis tournament in the first round Sunday by the 2009 U.S. Open champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). Because of three left wrist surgeries, del Potro is ranked just 145th in the world. But when the Argentine is healthy and smacking his signature forehand around the court, his play is worthy of the gold medal match.

  • The Latest: Ledecky breaks world record for gold in 400 free

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:10 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Katie Ledecky of the United States has set a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Jazz Carlin of Britain took the silver and Leah Smith of the United States grabbed the bronze.

  • The Latest: Peaty gets world record, gold in breaststroke

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Adam Peaty of Britain has set a world record to win gold in the men's 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa earned the silver and Cody Miller of the United States claimed the bronze.

  • Resurgent del Potro tops No. 1 Djokovic in Olympic 1st round

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Juan Martin del Potro sobbed into Novak Djokovic's shoulder, the two opponents locked in a long embrace at the net.Djokovic would walk off the court weeping, too. For one man, a victory over the world's No. 1 tennis player that could resurrect a career he feared was over. For the other, a stunning loss that leaves him waiting four more long years for a chance at an Olympic singles gold medal.

  • The Latest: Djokovic falls to del Potro in 1st round match

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:55 p.m.UPSET ALERT: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic loses first-round Olympic tennis match to 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro---10:35 p.m.Andy Murray and his older brother Jamie exited in the first round of doubles at the Rio de Janeiro Games, making them 1-3 as a team at the Olympics.

  • Kiwis avoid upset against US to reach Olympic semifinals

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In back-to-back games, the U.S. women were within range of upset wins over Australia and New Zealand, the two leading contenders for the first rugby sevens gold medal ever awarded at the Olympics.By the end of an eventful Sunday, though, the semifinal pairings reflected the status quo in women's sevens with the top four teams in the world series vying for medals.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray, brother fall in 1st round doubles

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:35 p.m.Andy Murray and his older brother Jamie exited in the first round of doubles at the Rio de Janeiro Games, making them 1-3 as a team at the Olympics.The second-seeded British pair lost to Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa 7-6 (6), 7-6 (14) in front of a loud partisan crowd Sunday night, hours after Andy won his opening singles match as the defending champion in that event.

  • NZ winger Woodman lighting up women's sevens rugby

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There's no better finisher in women's rugby sevens than Portia Woodman.Finishing tries is the forte of the woman called `Porsh,' and she's scored in all four of her matches at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including the 5-0 match-winner against the United States in the quarterfinals on Sunday to propel New Zealand into the medal rounds.

  • The Latest: Sjostrom breaks own butterfly record for gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:15 p.m.Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden has broken her own world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly to take gold at the Rio Olympics.Sjostrom led right from the start and touched in 55.48 seconds, breaking the mark of 55.64 she set at last year's world championships. She sat on the edge of the deck, pumping her arms in the air, and then appeared to be overcome by tears as she climbed to her feet.

  • US women hoops rout Senegal 121-56 in record fashion

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball team opened their Olympics with a record rout.The Americans were not expected to be challenged on Sunday by Senegal, and the only real suspense was how many records they would set. When it ended, they had set three Olympic marks: Points scored in a game, margin of victory and assists.

  • The Latest: Swedish swimmer sets butterfly record for gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden has set a world record to win gold in the women's 100-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics. Penny Oleksiak of Canada took the silver and Dana Vollmer of the United States claimed the bronze.

  • Serena Williams wins Rio opener; 1st match since Wimbledon

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Perhaps it was the 25 mph winds. Or the slower-than-expected hard courts. Or maybe simply that Serena Williams hadn't played a match in a month.Whatever the cause, Williams opened defense of her Olympic singles gold medal with a patchy-at-times 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia's Daria Gavrilova on Sunday, gesturing or yelling at herself as she often does when not all goes her way.

  • Gabby Douglas won't get a chance to defend all-around title

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gabby Douglas watched Aly Raisman stick the dismount on the beam, then rose from her seat and gave her American teammate a big hug.Never mind that Raisman's success in Olympic qualifying Sunday ensured that Douglas couldn't defend the all-around title she won in London four years ago. Douglas had shaken off a sub-par performance in Olympic trials and quieted critics who were convinced she didn't deserve to make this team.

  • French women beat Belarus 73-72 on Miyem's buzzer beater

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Endy Miyem scored her game-winning shot just as time was expiring and France stunned Belarus by pulling out a 73-72 win Sunday night in the Olympic women's basketball group play.Officials immediately counted the basket, then went to replay to confirm whether the ball was out of Miyem's hand before time had expired. France (2-0) had already begun celebrating, while one Belarussian dropped to her knees as if she already knew the outcome.

  • Douglas proves she belongs, and accepts defeat with grace

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gabby Douglas watched Aly Raisman stick the dismount on the beam, then rose from her seat and gave her American teammate a big hug.Never mind that Raisman's success in Olympic qualifying Sunday ensured that Douglas couldn't defend the all-around title she won in London four years ago. Douglas had shaken off a sub-par performance in Olympic trials and quieted critics who were convinced she didn't deserve to make this team.

  • Mature Musselman fits right in with US women's water polo

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kami Craig felt sorry for Maddie Musselman. She was sure Musselman would be bored while rooming with her on a trip to China with the U.S. women's water polo team.Then she noticed something about the precocious teenager.''Just her attention to detail,'' the 29-year-old Craig said. ''She's incredibly organized. I watched her how she unpacked her bag and set things out. ... The way that she handles herself so professionally.''

  • The Latest: It's official, Phelps in 4x100m freestyle relay

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:40 p.m.Michael Phelps will be going for his 23rd Olympic medal at the Rio Games.As expected, Phelps was picked for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night. He will swim the second leg, after Caeleb Dressel leads off the Americans.

  • Engen, Dunn, exemplify depth of US women's soccer team

    August 7, 2016

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) Whitney Engen went to the Women's World Cup last year but didn't play in a single match. A year later at the Olympics, the 28-year-old American got her chance on a big stage.Engen was in the starting lineup for the 1-0 victory over France on Saturday night. While most of the attention was on United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, who made her 200th international appearance, Engen was steady at center back.

  • NBC swim commentator defends comments criticized as sexist

    August 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBC commentator criticized for calling the coach and husband of Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu ''the guy responsible'' for her turnaround said Sunday it is ''impossible'' to tell Hosszu's story without crediting him.But after some online critics suggested Dan Hicks' commentary on Saturday's telecast was sexist, he said that ''with live TV, there are often times you look back and wished you had said things differently.''

  • With a new scoring system, boxing ready for an Olympic fight

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After Roy Jones Jr. was infamously robbed of a gold medal by horrific judging in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, amateur boxing began a 25-year search for a better way to determine a winner.The sport's organizers believe they finally found it by returning to basics: a traditional 10-point system administered by rigorously trained judges.

  • For 1st time, Williams sisters lose Olympic doubles match

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Serena and Venus Williams never had lost an Olympic doubles match until Sunday night, going 15-0 and earning three gold medals together.Their first-round opponents at the Rio de Janeiro Games, the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, never had won any sort of match as a pair, at any event. And they had zero wins between them in Olympic doubles competition, going a combined 0-3 with other partners.

  • The Latest: Chinese weightlifter sets 53kg world record

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:15 p.m.Long Qingquan of China set a world record in winning the gold medal in the men's weightlifting 53-kilogram category at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Long's total score of 307 kilograms set the record and was aided by his final lift in clean and jerk of 170 kilograms.

  • Long sets world record in winning Olympic weightlifting gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Long Qingquan of China set a world record in winning Olympic gold in the men's weightlifting 53-kilogram category Sunday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Long's total score of 307 kilograms set the record and was aided by a final 170-kilo lift in clean and jerk in what turned out to be a battle between former gold medalists.

  • Croatia upsets Spain 72-70 as Saric blocks Gasol's last shot

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Dario Saric blocked Pau Gasol's shot just before time expired, preserving Croatia's 72-70 upset of Spain in an Olympic men's basketball Sunday night.Croatia scored seven straight points to take the lead down the stretch, then held on when Saric, who was still limping a bit after banging his leg on a pick shortly before the play, rose high to block Gasol's shot under the basket.

  • Olympic viewing: A commentator's regret, more ratings blues

    August 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC's Dan Hicks was exultant following the United States' thrilling victory in the 4x100-meter freestyle swimming relay, giving Michael Phelps his 19th Olympic gold medal.''It couldn't have started any better for the most decorated Olympian of all time!'' Hicks said.

  • Dutch cyclist van Vleuten fractures spine during crash

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten sustained three small fractures to her spine and will remain hospitalized in intensive care after crashing Sunday during the women's Olympic road race.Van Vleuten was leading on the fast, slippery descent of Vista Chinesa when she appeared to lock up her brakes on the final corner. She tumbled onto the road and her bike went flying, and she remained on the edge of the pavement as the rest of the field swept past.

  • With an eye-popping score, US gymnasts put world on notice

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The nerves were there. Unmistakable. Unavoidable. Standing in the darkened tunnel before entering Rio Olympic Arena on Sunday night, the U.S. women's gymnastics team felt the pressure that comes not from outside expectations but those held within.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Monday

    August 14, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 10 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, boxing, cycling, marathon swimming, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):TRACK AND FIELDWorld champion Allyson Felix will be going for her fifth career Olympic gold medal when she runs in the women's 400-meter final. Felix won her heat in the semifinals on Sunday in a season-best 49.67 seconds, the fastest time in the field. She is running only in the 400 after missing a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter title by failing to make the U.S. team. The final is scheduled for 10:45 p.m.

  • The Latest: Dutch cyclist in intensive care after crash

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:15 p.m.Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten sustained three small fractures to her spine and is in intensive care at a Rio de Janeiro hospital after her crash during the women's Olympic road race.

  • SKorean women win 8th straight Olympic gold in team archery

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The South Koreans win the women's Olympic team archery title all the time.Seriously, all the time - 8 for 8 since the event was added in 1988. A nation can't get much more dominant than that.Ki Bo-bae, Choi Mi-sun and Chang Hye-jin weren't the least bit bothered by a swirling wind as they led South Korea past Russia 5-1 in the final Sunday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Taiwan beat Italy in the bronze-medal match.

  • Egyptian beach player: Hijab won't keep me from sport

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Doaa Elghobashy made her debut at the Copacabana venue on Sunday night, she was proud to represent Egypt as part of the nation's first Olympic beach volleyball team.As for the hijab that covered her head and the long sleeves on her arms and legs, she never gave that a thought.

  • Canada beats young US squad in straight sets

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A towel draped over his left shoulder, Erik Shoji sat on the bench alongside big brother Kawika and pondered what might be going so wrong for the young United States team in its Olympic volleyball opener against hard-hitting Canada.

  • The Latest: Williams sisters lose in 1st round at Rio

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:05 p.m.Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

  • Williams sisters lose Olympic doubles match for 1st time

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Three-time doubles gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic match as partners for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio de Janeiro Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.

  • US women's field hockey team faces No. 3 Australia next

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The United States could make another bold statement in women's field hockey at the Olympics on Monday.A win over No. 3 Australia would give the Americans victories over two of the world's top three teams in its first two Olympic matches. The Americans defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their opener on Saturday.

  • Kiwis avoid major upset against U.S. to reach Olympic semis

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) New Zealand narrowly avoided a major upset against the United States on Sunday to join Australia, Canada and Britain in the playoffs for the first rugby sevens medals awarded at the Olympics.The semifinal pairings suggest the status quo in women's sevens was maintained throughout the tournament, although the route to the playoffs was anything but routine.

  • The Latest: Sleeves, pants a contrast to volleyball bikinis

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:35 p.m.The Egyptian women's beach volleyball team of Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy took the court for their match against Germany on Sunday night wearing long sleeves and long pants.

  • Mexico overcomes early scare, beats Fiji 5-1 in men's soccer

    August 7, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Erick Gutierrez scored three goals early in the second half and added another late in the game to help defending Olympic champion Mexico beat Fiji 5-1 on Sunday.Fiji, playing in its first Olympics and coming off an 8-0 loss to South Korea, took the early lead when veteran striker Roy Krishna scored in the 10th minute, but Gutierrez netted in the 48th, 55th and 58th to put Mexico back on track at the Arena Fonte Nova in the northeastern city of Salvador.

  • Minister of Defense says stray bullet came from a slum

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The bullet which flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Saturday came from a nearby slum, according to a Brazilian official.During the lunch break of the first day of the eventing competition, a large bullet pierced the roof of the tent and landed on the floor. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.

  • Liz Cambage scores 22 as Australia holds off Turkey 61-56

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Liz Cambage made her presence felt inside as Australia struggled to shoot from outside and the Aussies held off Turkey 61-56 Sunday night in Olympic women's basketball group play.The 6-foot-8 Cambage outscored Turkey 7-2 to open the third quarter, putting Australia (2-0) ahead to stay even with Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips going a combined 1 of 12 from the floor. Cambage finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

  • New partners hooking up on the Brazilian beach

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Think of Olympic beach volleyball like the dance floor of a Rio nightclub: When the samba stops, it's time to start looking for a new partner.Kerri Walsh Jennings is going for a fourth straight gold medal, but it would be her first with April Ross. Fellow American Phil Dalhausser, who won gold with Todd Rogers in Beijing, is playing with Nick Lucena now (after an unsuccessful dalliance with Sean Rosenthal).

  • The Latest: US women top gymnastics leaderboard in prelims

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:10 p.m.The U.S. women's gymnastics team's going away party for national team coordinator Martha Karolyi is off to a near perfect start.The women breezed to the top of the leaderboard in Olympic preliminaries Sunday afternoon. Their total score of 185.238 was nearly 10 better than second-place China through four subdivisions, a massive gap in a sport where the margins are often measured in fractions.

  • Fighting for Honduras, US-born teen loses to French boxer

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) His heart in the United States and his fight for Honduras, Teofimo Lopez stood in the Olympic ring feeling like a boxer without a country.The 19-year-old fighter was born in New York, raised in Florida, and developed into a prime candidate for the United States in the boxing tournament. With a win in the Olympic trials, Lopez certainly had the credentials to land a spot in USA Boxing.

  • China's Wu wins record 5th Olympic diving gold medal

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Wu Minxia ended her record-setting Olympic career the way it began: with a gold medal.Shi Tingmao and Wu totaled 345.60 points to win the women's 3-meter synchronized title Sunday in the first diving event of the Rio de Janeiro Games. They led throughout the five-round competition and won by a whopping 31.77 points on an overcast day at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, where light rain briefly fell.

  • Hsu Shu-Ching gets gold in women's weightlifting 53-kg class

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hsu Shu-Ching of Taiwan won her first Olympic gold medal Sunday when Li Yajun of China failed to complete the clean and jerk in the women's weightlifting 53-kilogram category at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Li set an Olympic record in the first round snatch by lifting 101 kilograms to take the lead into the clean and jerk. She was the last lifter to compete in the second round, and needed to lift 126 kilos to win gold. Her high entry total on the start list made her a favorite for the gold, but she failed to medal.

  • Left wrist 'not perfect,' Rafa Nadal wins return at Olympics

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) White tape peeking out from under the red sweat band on his injured left wrist, Rafael Nadal was back in action Sunday, playing his first match in 2 1/2 months.And he was back at an Olympics for the first time in eight years.He was not, Nadal insisted after a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis at the Rio de Janeiro Games, back at full strength, however. And he will not, he also insisted, discuss the problematic tendon sheath in his racket-wielding arm for the rest of the event.

  • The Latest: Officials say bullet from slum hit media tent

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:55 p.m.Officials say the bullet that flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center came from a nearby slum and was aimed at a police blimp.

  • Dutch rider van der Breggen wins Olympic gold in road race

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sailing past her crumpled teammate, Anna van der Breggen suddenly realized she was the only hope the Netherlands had of defending its gold medal in the women's Olympic road race.She did so in the most dramatic of fashions.Working with Sweden's Emma Johansson and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini to track down American rival Mara Abbott in sight of the finish, van der Breggen swept to the lead and won the dash to the line along Copacabana Beach on Sunday in the biggest victory of her career.

  • The Latest: Italian wins foil fencing gold, upsets American

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:30 p.m.Italian Daniele Garozzo stunned top-ranked American Alexander Massialas on Sunday to win gold in men's foil fencing.Garozzo beat Massialas ?- who was seeking to become the first American man to win at the Olympics in the modern version of the sport -? 15-11 to give Italy its second gold of the Rio Games.

  • Majlinda Kelmendi wins Kosovo's 1st Olympic medal

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Go gold or go home.Majlinda Kelmendi won Kosovo's first Olympic medal on Sunday, taking gold in the women's 52-kilogram judo division.The top-ranked Kelmendi, the young country's best-known athlete, was the favorite heading into the competition. She scored only once against Odette Giuffrida in the final, but it was enough to beat the Italian.

  • The Latest: Handball team helps del Potro, loses opener

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:05 p.m.They started their day by rescuing tennis star Juan Martin del Potro from a broken elevator, but Argentina's handball players couldn't save themselves from defeat in their opening game.

  • Chasing the Olympics: What's a mayor to do?

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The outcome of the U.S. presidential election could heavily influence Los Angeles' chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tells The Associated Press:It's hard enough to raise the doughTo make this massive project go.

  • The Latest: Kosovo wins country's 1st-ever gold in judo

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.Kosovo's Majlinda Kelmendi has won her country's first-ever Olympic medal - and it's a gold.Kelmendi defeated Italy's Odette Giuffrida in the women's 52-kilogram judo division final in a tight Sunday contest marked by aggressive grip-fighting as both competitors struggled to get a decisive hold on the other's uniform.

  • Whipping winds affect day 2 of Rio Games

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The whipping gusts that disrupted athletes and spectators alike were just a prelude to the winds of change that roared through Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night: Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time.

  • Argentina's handball team rescues del Potro, then loses

    August 8, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Argentina's handball team rescued tennis player Juan Martin del Potro from an elevator, but couldn't rescue themselves from an opening-match loss to Denmark on Sunday.Argentine player Federico Pizarro heard shouting coming from an elevator in the athletes village and opened the door to find del Potro, who had been trapped there during a power outage.

  • Olympic venues see thin crowds for some sports in Rio

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic athletes have been competing in near empty venues and before thin crowds in other locations during the opening days of the Rio Games - a problem that can be traced to long security lines, traffic and a lack of familiarity in some sports.

  • On guard: US team locking down on defense for Rio gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ''Go get him!''Tom Thibodeau's booming, baritone voice knifed through the air inside sold out Carioca Arena on Saturday as the U.S. team dropped back to play defense early in its Olympic tournament opener against China.''Stay home!'' he barked. ''Back, back!'' ''Get up!'' ''By yourself!''

  • The Latest: China wins 1st gold in bid for diving sweep

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.Kosovo's Majlinda Kelmendi has won her country's first-ever Olympic medal - and it's a gold.Kelmendi defeated Italy's Odette Giuffrida in the women's 52-kilogram judo division final in a tight Sunday contest marked by aggressive grip-fighting as both competitors struggled to get a decisive hold on the other's uniform.

  • The Latest: Nadal wins first Olympic match since 2008 gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:15 p.m.With white tape protecting the left wrist that sidelined him for more than two months, Rafael Nadal won his first Olympic match since winning a gold medal at Beijing in 2008.

  • Skinner braves wind, technical issues to win Olympic gold

    August 7, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The wind blew in from the west, sending the clay targets bobbing and bouncing through the air.In case that wasn't enough, the microphone used to pull the targets repeatedly malfunctioned, causing clays to shoot out randomly or not at all.

  • The Latest: Air pistol medal is 1st ever gold for Vietnam

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:25 p.m.Hoang Xuan Vihn's first gold medal also was Vietnam's first Olympic gold medal ever.Hoang rallied to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol. Vietnam had previously won two medals, both silver, in previous Olympic games.

  • Janine Beckie scores twice, Canada beats Zimbabwe 3-1

    August 6, 2016

    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) Janine Beckie scored twice and Christine Sinclair had her 10th Olympic goal as Canada defeated Zimbabwe 3-1 Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Sinclair's penalty kick in the 19th minute moved her into a tie for second on the all-time Olympic list, alongside Germany's Birgit Prinz. Brazil's Cristiane holds the record with 13.

  • The Latest: US men leading so far in gymnastics prelims

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.The U.S. men's gymnastics team is on top through two subdivisions in preliminary qualifying.Led by four-time national champion Sam Mikulak, the Americans posted a score of 270.405 to move ahead of reigning world champion Japan, which topped the first subdivision with a score of 269.294.

  • US volleyball star took a break to restore balance in life

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Matt Anderson's older sister realized he really must be struggling in order to call home with news for his family that he needed an extended break from volleyball.Joelle Vanegas remembers it well nearly two years later, and also recalls her reaction once the worries for her brother had eased and she knew he would be fine.

  • Hoang holds on against Wu, rowdy crowd to take air gun gold

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hoang Xuan Vihn won Vietnam's first Olympic gold medal on Saturday, rallying to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol.Wu was the clear crowd favorite as the only Brazilian in the field, serenaded with chants of ''Wu!'' from introductions to after his final shot.

  • The Latest: Australia sets record in women's 4X100 freestyle

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:50 p.m.Australia has set an Olympic record in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay preliminaries.The team of Madison Wilson, Brittany Elmslie and sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell were timed in 3 minutes, 32.39 seconds Saturday. Cate Campbell, the world record holder in the 100 free, swam her anchor leg in 51.80 seconds.

  • Peaty sets world mark in heats on 1st day in Olympic pool

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Swimming got off to a fast start in preliminaries at the Olympic pool on Saturday, with a world record in the men's 100-meter breaststroke, the second-fastest performance ever in the women's 400 individual medley and a defending champion knocked out.

  • Bogut leads Australia to 87-66 victory over France in opener

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andrew Bogut scored 18 as Australia upset France 87-66 in the opening men's basketball game Saturday at the Rio Games.France was considered by many as the second-best men's team in the tournament behind the United States, but the NBA talent-filled squad underwhelmed on the heels of a disappointing 2012 Olympics.

  • The Latest: Vietnam's Hoang wins his 1st gold in air pistol

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:20 p.m.Vietnam's Hoang Xaun Vihn has won his first Olympic gold medal, rallying to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol.

  • Canadian women open Olympics by dominating China 90-68

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Tamara Tatham scored 20 points and hit all four of her 3-pointers as Canada beat China 90-68 Saturday, the first day of Olympic women's group play.Lizanne Murphy added 12 points, Miah-Marie Langlois had 11 and Miranda Ayim 10. Canada shot very well from outside, hitting 10 of 15 (67 percent).

  • Runner found out he would light cauldron an hour before

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) How's this for last-minute notice?Marathoner Vanderlei de Lima says he found out just an hour before the Olympic cauldron was lit at the opening ceremony that he was the one who would carry the flame.He told the story to a group of Brazilian sports journalists who accidentally ran into him buying beer at a gas station after the show ended. He was still wearing his Rio 2016 outfit.

  • Bogut leads Australia to 86-66 victory over France in opener

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andrew Bogut scored 18 as Australia upset France 87-66 in the opening men's basketball game Saturday at the Rio Games.France was considered by many as the second-best men's team in the tournament behind the United States, but the NBA talent-filled squad underwhelmed on the heels of a disappointing 2012 Olympics.

  • The Latest: French gymnast severely injures leg during vault

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 p.m.French gymnast Samir Ait Said's Olympics ended when he severely injured his left leg while vaulting during team preliminaries on Saturday.Said's leg bent awkwardly as he tried to land, the sound of the injury echoing through the arena.

  • Belgium's Van Avermaet prevails in brutal Olympic road race

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium out-sprinted Jakob Fuglsang and Rafal Majka on the long run to the finish at Copacabana Beach on Saturday to win the men's Olympic road race.Van Avermaet threw his arms in the air and let out a roar when he crossed the line, blowing a kiss to the sky after the biggest victory of his career. Fuglsang followed him to take silver and Majka appeared content with bronze.

  • The Latest: Netherlands beats 3rd-ranked China in volleyball

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:55 p.m.The first upset is in on Day 1 of the women's Olympic volleyball tournament.Upstart Netherlands, back in the Olympics for the first time in 20 years since Atlanta in 1996, defeated medal favorite and third-ranked China in five sets Saturday, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13 at Maracanazinho arena.

  • Rio organizers apologize for delays entering Olympic venues

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic organizers apologized to the spectators who endured delays accessing venues on the first full day of competition.Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Saturday measures were being taken to prevent a repeat of the long lines to enter parts of the Olympic Park by enhancing the entry systems.

  • The Latest: Peaty beats his 100m breaststroke world record

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:40 p.m.Adam Peaty of Britain has lowered his world record in the 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries at the Rio Olympics.He qualified first in 57.55 seconds Saturday, lowering his old mark of 57.92 set in London on April 17, 2015.

  • World champion Japan off to shaky start in men's gymnastics

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Japan's bid to return to the top at the Olympics is off to a sloppy and slippery start.Bedeviled by uncharacteristic mistakes all over the place - from defending champion Kohei Uchimura falling off the high bar to world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai stepping out of bounds during his set - the Japanese hardly looked like a dominant force as it slogged through men's preliminary qualifying on Saturday morning.

  • The Latest: Chinese champion fails to qualify in 400m IM

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.Defending Olympic champion Ye Shiwen of China has failed to qualify for the final of the women's 400-meter individual medley.Ye finished 27th among 33 swimmers in Saturday's preliminaries with a time of 4 minutes, 45.86 seconds.

  • Leadership, Olympic style: Neither rhyme nor reason for IOC

    August 6, 2016

    What should we make of Thomas Bach,Who runs the games around the clock?He speaks of justice, fairness, strength(And likes to do so at great length).But when it's time to take a standOn ridding dopers from his landAnd guarding the Olympic shield,He kicks the ball way down the field.

  • Netherlands upsets China on 1st day of volleyball

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Fist-pumping Netherlands coach Giovanni Guidetti found himself apologizing that he is already hoarse on Day 1 of the Olympic volleyball tournament.For good reason, too.His upstart Netherlands team, back in the Olympics for the first time in 20 years, pulled off the first upset on the women's side Saturday by beating medal favorite and third-ranked China in five sets, 25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13, at Maracanazinho arena.

  • The Latest: Military bullet pierces media tent roof in Rio

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:10 p.m.There was a scare at the Olympic Equestrian Center as a military bullet pierced the roof of the media tent and landed on the floor.The incident occurred during the lunch break at the dressage event Saturday. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.

  • Weather woes for rowing as Serbs capsize in choppy water

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) After all the talk about staying out of the water in Rio de Janeiro, Serbian rowers Milos Vasic and Nenad Benik found themselves immersed in it on Day 1 of the Olympic regatta.The Serb pair capsized - a rare sight at elite rowing events - in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where choppy waters left athletes struggling to stay in their boats.

  • American teen wins first gold of Rio Games

    August 6, 2016

    American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics in the women's 10-meter air rifle Saturday, and host Brazil recorded the first upset of the games, stunning reigning Olympic and world champion Norway in women's handball.

  • With flair, Olympic beach volleyball is underway

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Men and women in skimpy swimsuits frolicked in the surf, sprawled out on towels or kicked around a soccer ball at Copacabana Beach. Others cooled themselves under an umbrella at one of the many open-air kiosks serving food, beer and the local sugar cane cocktail, caipirinha.

  • The Latest: US lightweight Balderas has winning start in Rio

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:55 p.m.Lightweight Carlos Balderas has USA Boxing off to a winning start in Rio.Balderas won a close but unanimous decision over Kazakhstan's Berik Abdrakhmanov in the opening session of the boxing tournament Saturday.

  • With a flare, Olympic beach volleyball is underway

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Men and women in skimpy swimsuits frolicked in the surf, sprawled out on towels or kicked around a soccer ball at Copacabana Beach. Others cooled themselves under an umbrella at one of the many open-air kiosks serving food, beer and the local sugar cane cocktail, caipirinha.

  • The Latest: Refugee swimmer wins heat but won't advance

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:45 p.m.Swimmer Yusra Mardini of the refugee team competing under the Olympic flag at the Rio Games won her preliminary heat in the 100-meter butterfly.However, that result wasn't fast enough to advance Mardini to the semifinals on Saturday. Her time of 1 minute, 9.21 seconds was 41st overall.

  • The Latest: Brazilian judo champion to compete for bronze

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:35 p.m.Brazil's defending Olympic judo champion won't be taking home another gold medal from Rio.Despite a crowd roaring their support and stamping their feet for Sarah Menezes, the 48-kilogram gold medalist from London 2012 was defeated in the quarter finals by Cuba's Dayaris Mestre Alvarez in a tight contest Saturday in Rio. She will compete for a bronze medal later in the day.

  • Aussies, Kiwis, Canadians post big wins in rugby debut

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Portia Woodman scored three tries for New Zealand and Charlotte Caslick did the same for Australia as the top contenders for the first Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens opened with lopsided wins.New Zealand beat Kenya 52-0 in Pool B and Australia routed Colombia 53-0 in Pool A, the last match before an afternoon interval.

  • Kalisz of US tops 400 IM heats on 1st day in Olympic pool

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Chase Kalisz of the United States qualified fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries on the first day of the Olympic swimming competition.Kalisz (KAY-lish) won his heat in 4 minutes, 8.12 seconds on Saturday after overtaking Daiya Seto of Japan, who was second-quickest in 4:08.47 in the same heat.

  • France beats Turkey 55-39 in women's Olympic opener

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sarah Michel and Endy Miyem each scored 14 points, and France shook off a cold start Saturday before beating Turkey 55-39 in the opening game of the Olympic women's group play.France, the 2012 silver medalist, lost starting point guard Celine Dumerc when she sprained her left ankle Wednesday in practice. She was replaced by Olivia Epoupa.

  • Police: Blast at cycling was controlled explosion of bag

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A small blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race Saturday with about 70 kilometers to go in the race. No one was injured, and the event went on unaffected.Reporters heard a loud boom on the press tribune and felt the ground shake.

  • The Latest: Brazil's defending Olympic judo champion loses

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:15 p.m.Brazil's defending Olympic judo champion is out.Despite a crowd roaring their support and stamping their feet for Sarah Menezes, the 48-kilogram gold medalist from London 2012 went out in the quarter finals to Cuba's Dayaris Mestre Alvarez in a tight contest Saturday in Rio.

  • US riding wave of power for women's road race cycling

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Evelyn Stevens has built the kind of resume in cycling that should make her one of the favorites to land on the podium in Sunday's Olympic road race.She nearly didn't get the chance to compete at all.In perhaps the strongest sign of American might, the four women selected for the road race were not set until just before leaving for Rio - and after several arbitration hearings sought by riders who believed they had earned the chance to race along Copacabana Beach.

  • 'Grandma' Raisman at top of her game for American women

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The comeback began with a challenge. Look at the equipment all you want, Mihai Brestyan told Aly Raisman, but do not touch.So Raisman didn't. For weeks. Brestyan needed to be sure Raisman was serious, so he put the three-time Olympic medalist through countless hours of cardio and plyometrics in 2014 designed to test her desire as much as her physical limits.

  • The Latest: Bomb squad probes possible blast near road race

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:10 p.m.A bomb squad is investigating after an apparent blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race.Reporters could hear a loud boom on the press tribune and felt the ground shake as the cyclists had about 70 kilometers to go Saturday.

  • Bomb squad probing possible blast near cycling finish line

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A bomb squad is investigating after an apparent blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race.Reporters could hear a loud boom on the press tribune and felt the ground shake as the cyclists had about 70 kilometers to go Saturday.

  • The Latest: Start list altered to add Russian swimmer

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:50 p.m.The fallout from the Russian doping scandal is causing havoc at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.The start list was altered at the last minute to add a Russian swimmer.

  • US swimmer Ledecky will have chance for 5 medals

    August 6, 2016

    Katie Ledecky will have a shot at five medals at the Rio Olympics.Despite finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. trials, Ledecky will anchor the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay on Saturday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.Amanda Weir will swim the leadoff leg, followed by Lia Neal, Allison Schmitt and Ledecky.

  • The Latest: US swimmer Ledecky will have chance for 5 medals

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:30 p.m.Katie Ledecky will have a shot at five medals at the Rio Olympics.Despite finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. trials, Ledecky will anchor the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay on Saturday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

  • Man shot dead near Maracana after Olympic opening ceremony

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Spectators leaving the opening ceremony of the Olympics were confronted by the body of a man shot dead near Maracana Stadium.Eyewitnesses said early Saturday that blood poured from the body onto the road as medics tended to the man next to an ambulance.

  • Brazil rocks in women's handball, jolting champion Norway

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Host nation Brazil is off to an excellent start in women's handball, stunning reigning Olympic and world champion Norway 31-28 Saturday in the tournament's opening game.Ana Paula Rodrigues had 12 goals for Brazil, which was the 2013 world champion but has never won an Olympic handball medal.

  • The Latest: Japan off to shaky start in gymnastics

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:15 p.m. A 16-year-old American who was the youngest male ever to qualify for table tennis in Olympic history has lost in the first round of the games.Kanak Jha was beaten Saturday by Iranian Noshad Alamiyan 4-1 in the best of seven match.

  • The Latest: Russian wrestler cleared to fight

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:55 p.m.The head of Russia's Olympic delegation says a leading wrestler has been cleared to fight at the games despite a previous doping ban.Viktor Lebedev, a two-time freestyle world champion, had been excluded under an International Olympic Committee rule barring Russians who had previously been banned for doping.

  • The Latest: Rio says sorry for delays

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:40 p.m.Rio de Janeiro Games organizers have apologized to the spectators enduring long lines to access the Olympic Park on the first full day of competition.Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada acknowledged that ''we obviously need to upgrade'' the systems and have asked authorities to speed up bag checks.

  • Brazil beats Olympic champ Norway as women's handball begins

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Host nation Brazil is off to an excellent start in women's handball, stunning reigning Olympic and world champion Norway 31-28 Saturday in the tournament's opening game.Ana Paula Rodrigues had 12 goals for Brazil, which was the 2013 world champion but has never won an Olympic handball medal.

  • The Latest: France's Candassamy pulls off shock win

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:20 p.m.France's Marie-Florence Candassamy has pulled off a stunning upset in fencing, knocking top-ranked Anqi Xu of China out of the women's epee tournament in the round of 32.

  • Serbia's men's pair capsize

    August 6, 2016

    Serbia's men's pair capsized on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon as choppy waters complicated things for rowers on the first day of competition.Milos Vasic and Nenad Benik ended up in the water as their boat overturned about halfway through their heat, which was easily won by New Zealand's Eric Murray and Hamish Bond.

  • Man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium

    August 6, 2016

    Eyewitnesses say a man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro after Friday's Olympic opening ceremony.Associated Press photographers reported hearing loud multiple gun shots, forcing games volunteers and others leaving the ceremony to duck for cover behind cars.

  • Brazil women's handball wins opener

    August 6, 2016

    Host nation Brazil is off to a flying start in women's handball after stunning reigning Olympic and world champion Norway 31-28 in the opening game of the tournament.Ana Paula Rodrigues led the way with 12 goals for Brazil, which was 2013 world champion but has never won an Olympic handball medal.

  • France wins first game of rugby's return to Olymipcs

    August 6, 2016

    France won the first game of rugby at the Olympics in 92 years - and the first ever for the women - beating Spain 24-7 to kick off the six-day sevens tournament.Patricia Garcia got the tournament underway at the Summer Games, kicking off for Spain, and Camille Grassineau crossed for the first try to give France the lead after 2 minutes and 24 seconds.

  • The Latest: Track coach hits out

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:45 a.m.Trevor Graham, the track coach who was banned from the sport for life for his role in the BALCO doping scandal, used the lead-up to the Olympics to offer scathing criticism of the worldwide anti-doping movement.

  • The Latest: Kerry visits Olympic beach volleyball

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:35 a.m.The beach volleyball venue has had its first visiting dignitaries.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry dropped in for the opening match at Copacabana Beach between Italy and Austria. And Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and his entourage came into the mixed zone to congratulate the winning team.

  • The Latest: Serbia's men's pair capsize

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:25 a.m.Serbia's men's pair capsized on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon as choppy waters complicated things for rowers on the first day of competition.Milos Vasic and Nenad Benik ended up in the water as their boat overturned about halfway through their heat, which was easily won by New Zealand's Eric Murray and Hamish Bond.

  • The Latest: American shooter wins first gold in Rio

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:15 a.m.American shooter Virginia Thrasher has won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics in the women's 10-meter air rifle.Thrasher shot 10.5 on her first shot of the final elimination round and smiled after 10.4 on her second shot put her comfortably ahead of China's Li Du. Thrasher had a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Du, a two-time gold medalist, by a point. China's Siling Yu earned the bronze.

  • The Latest: Man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 a.m.Eyewitnesses say a man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro after Friday's Olympic opening ceremony.Associated Press photographers reported hearing loud multiple gun shots, forcing games volunteers and others leaving the ceremony to duck for cover behind cars.

  • The Latest: Defending champ Douglas to get shot at history

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:45 a.m.Defending Olympic champion Gabby Douglas will get her shot at history. Douglas is one of three American women who will compete in the all-around for the U.S. during women's gymnastics preliminaries on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Beach volleyball underway at Copacabana Beach

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:30 a.m.Beach volleyball is underway at Copacabana Beach and Italy's Adrian Carambula started it off with a Skyball.Instead of a hard and sinking serve preferred by most beach players, Carambula sends a high, spinning missile into the air. The trick serve is often difficult to return - especially if it's windy or the sun is in the opponent's eyes.

  • US women's water polo coach leaves team after brother dies

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) U.S. women's water polo coach Adam Krikorian met with his team before practice on Thursday morning. One of his two older brothers had died, and he was leaving to spend time with his family.A mourning Krikorian focused his message on his players, urging them to make the most of their Olympic experience. His players were blown away by his selflessness.

  • The Latest: Competition underway at the Olympic Games

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:30 a.m.Competition is underway on the first full of the Olympic Games, with table tennis, rowing, archery, cycling, water polo and fencing all taking place under a cloudless Rio de Janeiro sky and warm temperatures.

  • The Latest: Pope praises 'courage' of Rio's refugee athletes

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8 a.m.Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to the first team of refugees to participate in the Olympic Games.Francis wished each of the 10 athletes success, saying he hoped that ''your courage and strength find expression through the Olympic Games and serve as a cry for peace and solidarity.'' The letter, written in Spanish and dated July 26, was released by the Vatican on Saturday.

  • What to watch at the Rio Games on Saturday

    August 13, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Day 8 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, tennis, fencing, track cycling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):SWIMMINGThe final day of swimming at the games will likely give us our last look at all-time record medalist Michael Phelps in an Olympic competition. While the team is not yet set, plan to see him swim in the mens' 4x100 meter medley relay final at 11:04 p.m. He took silver in the 100 fly Friday night.

  • The Latest: Packed Olympic schedule for 1st main day in Rio

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:30 a.m.The fireworks are over, the samba on temporary hold - and now it's time for Olympic athletes to take center stage in Rio de Janeiro.Dozens of competitions are being held Saturday in over 20 Olympic sports, ranging from archery to basketball, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, swimming and volleyball, among others. Twelve gold medals will be awarded.

  • France, Turkey use hoops to heal their nations after attacks

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's been a difficult few months for the Olympic women's basketball teams from Turkey and France. Both countries have been victimized by deadly extremist attacks, and Turkey is struggling with the aftermath of a bloody attempted coup.

  • Rio's poor watch Olympic opening from rooftops of slum

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) In the hills that hug Maracana Stadium, many Brazilians saw the flash and glitz of the opening ceremony for the Olympics from rooftops with exposed wiring and water pipes, amid trash-filled streets separated from the spectacle by a highway and train tracks.

  • Hope Solo to appear in 200th game - a first for a goalkeeper

    August 6, 2016

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) For Hope Solo, the firsts keep coming.On Saturday, barring anything unusual, Solo will appear in her 200th game for the U.S. women's national team in a group stage match against France at the Rio Olympics. She'll be the first goalkeeper in history to reach the milestone in international play - no small feat.

  • Olympics media: Delayed start for NBC, ad overload

    August 6, 2016

    NBC is proud of showing every Olympics competition live online, and many on TV. So, it makes the decision to air Friday's opening ceremony via tape delay a seemingly unnecessary provocation to followers accustomed to a see-it-immediately world.The ceremony, narrated by Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Meredith Vieira, was delayed by one hour on the U.S. East Coast, four hours out West. It was not offered live online. Much like four years ago when there was a longer delay from London, the move drew complaints on social media.

  • Rio delivers a simple, but spirited, Olympic welcome

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) What it lacked in flash, Rio made up for with feeling.With a limited budget, the consequence of a biting recession that roiled preparations for South America's first Olympics, Brazil laced its high-energy opening party for the games of the 31st Olympiad with a sobering message of the dangers of global warming.

  • Rio opens Olympics with celebration and serious message

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With fireworks forming the word ''Rio'' in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of ''The Girl from Ipanema,'' Rio de Janiero jubilantly welcomed the world Friday to the first Olympic Games in South America.

  • Iranian flagbearer competing in Olympics, Paralympics in Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hours after making her Olympic debut, Iranian archer Zahra Nemati carried her country's flag in the opening ceremony.It's the start of a busy couple of months for Nemati in Rio de Janeiro. She'll be pulling double duty and will be back next month for the Paralympics, where she's the defending gold medalist in the individual recurve W1/W2.

  • The Latest: De Lima lights the Olympic cauldron

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:54 p.m.Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei De Lima has lit the cauldron at the Rio Games.De Lima was one of the suspected candidates after Pele revealed earlier Friday that health problems would keep him from attending the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

  • The Latest: Keino gives heartfelt speech after Olympic award

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:40 p.m.The first recipient of the Olympic Laurel asked the athletes of the Rio Games to follow him and help support the youth of the world.Kip Keino, a two-time Olympic champion who went on to open an orphanage in his native Kenya, gave a heartfelt speech at the opening ceremony of the Rio Games on Friday night.

  • The Latest: Robert Scheidt takes athletes' oath

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:35 p.m.Brazilian sailing Olympian Robert Scheidt has taken the athletes' oath, on behalf of all competitors at the Rio Games.The oath reads: ''In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams.''

  • The Latest: Interim Brazilian President booed at opening

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:30 p.m.Brazil's Interim President has been booed as he spoke to help open the Rio Games.Michel Temer spoke for only a few seconds, and as he sat back down he was roundly booed by many of the 60,000 or so fans inside Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday night.

  • The Latest: NBC facing criticism for tape delay, commercials

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:20 p.m.In the U.S., NBC is facing social media criticism for its decision to delay the broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremony so it can be shown in prime time in all time zones.

  • The Latest: Bach says Olympics will promote needed peace

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):11:15 p.m.The President of the International Olympic Committee says these Rio Games will promote peace.Thomas Bach spoke not long after the parade of athletes into Maracana Stadium was completed on Friday night. Bach says all Brazilians ''can be very proud tonight,'' then went on to talk about the importance of these Olympics.

  • A Summer Olympics first for Iran - a female flagbearer

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hours after making her Olympic debut, Iranian archer Zahra Nemati carried her country's flag in the opening ceremony.It's the start of a busy couple of months for Nemati in Rio de Janeiro. She'll be pulling double duty and will be back next month for the Paralympics, where she's the defending gold medalist in the individual recurve W1/W2.

  • The Latest: Brazil arrives, and the party really begins

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:51 p.m.They saved the best ovation for last.With fans chanting in unison, Brazil has entered the opening ceremony for the Rio Games and was welcomed with long and loud cheers from the 60,000 or so inside Maracana Stadium. The host nation always enters last, and the Brazilians were immediately preceded by another crowd favorite - the 10-person Refugee Team, which is competing under the Olympic flag.

  • The Latest: At Rio Games, the athletes represent seeds

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:45 p.m.Years from now, organizers of the Rio Games hope there's 11,000 new trees in Brazil - one for each athlete at the Rio Games.Each Olympian who entered the opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium on Friday night was given a seed and a cartridge of soil, which was to be placed in mirror towers all over the stage floor. Those cartridges will be taken to Deodoro and form what will be called the Athletes' Forest.

  • The Latest: Welcome, Kosovo and South Sudan

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:35 p.m.For many nations, the Olympics are a regular occurrence.For Kosovo and South Sudan, this is a first.They marched into the opening ceremony of an Olympics for the first time Friday night, making their debut at the Rio Games. Kosovo was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 2014; South Sudan was recognized last year.

  • The Latest: A smaller Russian team arrives in Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:30 p.m.A smaller Russian team has arrived at the opening ceremony.A state-sponsored doping program led to the exclusion of many would-be Olympians in Rio and threatens the medals that Russia won in recent past Olympics.

  • The Latest: Italian pursuit team replaces Russia in cycling

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:50 p.m.The Italian men's pursuit team has been added to the track cycling program at the Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the decision to bar Russia's squad from competing.

  • The Latest: Tony Parker says opening is 'unbelievable'

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:20 p.m.Tony Parker is making no effort to hide how much he's enjoying this opening ceremony.The San Antonio Spurs star - and French point guard at the Rio Games - says the Olympics are ''one of the greatest and biggest sports events in the world.''

  • Olympic breakthrough for Iran: a 1st female flagbearer

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When archer Zahra Nemati carried the Iranian flag into the Maracana Stadium on Friday, she broke new ground for the Islamic country.Never before had a woman led Iran's team into the parade of athletes in an Olympic opening ceremony.

  • The Latest: Latin nations, Italy, France get big receptions

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:15 p.m.Which countries are getting the warmest reception during the parade of nations?Latin countries, Italy, France, Japan and the United States got the biggest cheer from the crowd at Maracana Stadium at the opening ceremony of the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Bolt, as expected, passes on opening ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):10:05 p.m.Jamaica is at the opening ceremony. Usain Bolt is not.The two-time defending champion in the Olympic 100- and 200-meter races, as expected, skipped the opening ceremony for the Rio Games on Friday night. Bolt announced his decision earlier in the day.

  • Italian pursuit team replaces Russia in track cycling event

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Italian men's pursuit team was added to the track cycling program at the Olympics on Friday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the decision to bar Russia's squad from competing.Kiril Sveshnikov, Dmitry Sokolov and Dmitry Strakhov appealed to CAS after they were included in the McLaren report that detailed state-directed doping across numerous winter and summer sports.

  • The Latest: Iranian archer competes in Olympics, Paralympics

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9:51 p.m.Archer Zahra Nemati had a big smile and a wave for the crowd as she carried Iran's flag into the opening ceremony in her wheelchair.Nemati is competing at the Olympics and Paralympics, where she's a defending gold medalist.

  • The Latest: Murray says leading Britain out is an honor

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9:45 p.m.Andy Murray has Olympic gold, two Wimbledon titles, a U.S. Open crown and is currently the No. 2 player in the world.But even for someone with his resume, Friday night stood out.

  • Women ready for kick off when rugby returns to the Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It'll be a first for women, and the first time in 92 years for the sport when the Olympic rugby sevens tournament kicks off with a match between France and Spain on Saturday.Rugby sevens was added to the program for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, sparking accelerated growth in the abbreviated version of the sport. Despite the burgeoning global participation, the first Olympic rugby gold medal since the men played the last of the 15-a-side tournaments in 1924 is likely to go to one of the sport's traditional powers, with New Zealand and world series winner Australia favored to reach the final.

  • The Latest: With glimmering jacket, Phelps leads USA

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9:35 p.m.After 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall in his storied Olympic career, Michael Phelps has finally entered an opening ceremony.The flagbearer for the U.S. has led the contingent of red, white and blue-clad American athletes into Maracana Stadium, after being picked for that distinction earlier this week.

  • The Latest: 13 Olympic flagbearers come from sailing

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9:20 p.m.Given the water woes leading up to the Rio Games, sailing has had more than its share of problems going into these Olympics.But at the opening ceremony, some of the sport's best will be on display - no woes to be found.

  • The Latest: Obama says Olympics foster 'common humanity'

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9:10 p.m.President Barack Obama says the Olympic Games build a sense of ''common humanity'' as countries pursue the ideal of sending their best to compete ''in a spirit of goodwill.''

  • The Latest: Bach applauds and waves as Germans enter stadium

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):9 p.m.Germany was one of the first teams to enter the opening ceremony, much to the delight of one fan in particular.International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach - a 1976 gold medalist in fencing for his native country - stood and waved with both hands as the Germans walked into Maracana Stadium.

  • The Latest: Russian sailor approved by IOC, federation says

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:30 p.m.The Russian Sailing Federation says one of its sailors has been cleared to compete at the Olympics despite having been implicated in a report on alleged doping cover-ups.

  • The Latest: Parade of nations begins with Greece

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:50 p.m.The parade of nations has started, and as always Greece is leading off. Two-time Olympic sailing medalist Sofia Bekatorou is the flagbearer.

  • Brazilian musicians delight at Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Music is a central part of Brazilian culture, and many of the country's stars performed during in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. A look at some of the artists and internationally famous songs that fans heard opening night of the games:

  • The Latest: Brazil's musical history on display in opening

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:45 p.m.Brazil's long, proud musical history is on full display in this high-energy start to the opening ceremony for the Rio Games.From funk to samba to hip-hop, it's all being featured as the opening builds toward the entrance of athletes from around the world. Among the featured artists: Ludmilla, Cristian Do Passinho, Lelezinha, Elza Soares, Marcelo D2 and Karol Conka.

  • The Latest: A plane debate, and Gisele, at opening ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:35 p.m.It's been a source of long debate in Brazil about who invented the airplane.Most people say the Wright Brothers.In Brazil, they say Alberto Santos Dumont is the inventor - and that the Wright Brothers actually invented a ''jumping machine.'' To pay homage to Dumont, a small plane appeared in the stadium during the portion of the opening ceremony that showed where Brazil began modernizing.

  • Rio welcomes world with sultry music, plea for conservation

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With fireworks forming the word ''Rio'' in the sky and supermodel Gisele Bundchen shimmering to the tune of ''The Girl from Ipanema,'' Rio de Janiero welcomed the world to the first Olympic Games in South America with a serious message underlying the celebration: Let's take care of our planet.

  • The Latest: Obama says he's ready to cheer on US Olympians

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:25 p.m.President Barack Obama says he's ready to cheer on the U.S. Olympians.In a tweet on Friday night, not long after the opening ceremony started in Rio de Janeiro, the nation's first fan wrote ''Our team's unity and diversity makes us so proud - and reminds the world why America sets the gold standard.''

  • The Latest: Opening ceremony celebrates 'the birth of life'

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:20 p.m.All Olympic opening ceremonies tend to pay homage to the host country's past, and this one is no different.An image of a Pau-Brasil tree - the wood that gave its name to the country - digitally appeared on the floor of Maracana Stadium a few minutes into the start of Friday night's opening ceremony for the Rio Games, as if in the Amazon rainforest.

  • The Latest: Opening ceremony begins with a big 'hug'

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8:10 p.m.The unofficial anthem of Rio de Janeiro is being featured prominently as the opening ceremony gets underway.The song ''Aquele Abraco'' - which translates to ''That Hug'' - by Grammy winner Gilberto Gil played a role in both the closing ceremony of the London Games four years ago and in Brazil's bid for these Rio Games.

  • The Latest: Crowd boos Brazilian government officials

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):8 p.m.The opening ceremony did not mean a warm reception for everyone.As Brazilian government officials took their seats, a smattering of boos could be heard in Maracana Stadium. It could be expected, given the political times in Brazil right now.

  • The Latest: Warmup for fans at opening ceremony begins

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):7:35 p.m.Long lines are still outside Maracana Stadium, waiting to get through the copious team of security and into their seats for the opening ceremony.

  • Samba party! Rio leads global dance at Olympic opening gala

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Hey world, are you ready to samba? Because Rio is leading the dance.After one of the roughest-ever rides from vote to games by an Olympic host, the city of beaches, carnival, grinding poverty and sun-kissed wealth is lifting the curtain on South America's first Olympics, with an opening ceremony expected to be low on gadgetry but high on soul for a global television audience.

  • The Latest: Protesters, security clash near Rio's Maracana

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:10 p.m.A small group of protesters have been stopped by heavily armed security that appeared to fire tear gas to keep them from reaching the site of the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics.

  • How to catch opening ceremony of the Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will begin at 7 p.m. ET, but NBC won't begin telecasting the festivities until 8 p.m. across the United States.The tape-delayed telecast will be four hours after the fact out West. NBC will not stream the event through its app or Olympic website until the television coverage begins; streamers need to authenticate their account with a cable or satellite service.

  • The Latest: Few heads of state coming to opening ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):6:55 p.m.Most of the nations marching in Friday's opening ceremony for the Rio Games will not have a head of state in Maracana Stadium to help cheer their arrival.

  • Balderas, Hernandez try to boost US boxing fortune in opener

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Carlos Balderas qualified for the Olympics nearly nine months ago, and he has been waiting anxiously for his next fight ever since.The American lightweight only has to wait a few more hours after the opening ceremonies in Rio. Balderas fights in the opening session of the grueling, 16-day Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday morning.

  • Brazil's political mess keeps foreign leaders away from Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A reception welcoming foreign dignitaries to the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics promises to be a lonely affair, with many heads of state staying away from Rio de Janeiro for fear of offending Brazilian political sensibilities.

  • The Latest: Maracana Stadium has quite a history

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games opening ceremony (all times local):6:30 p.m.Fans are filing into Maracana Stadium, as the opening ceremony for the Rio Games gets set to begin later Friday night.Once considered the biggest stadium in the world with a capacity of nearly 200,000, Maracana Stadium now holds around 80,000 people.

  • The Latest: Australian archer qualifies after fighting virus

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 p.m.A bad virus couldn't keep Alice Ingley of Australia from shooting arrows.Ingley spent part of Thursday morning in a clinic with the virus. On Friday, she finished 58th in archery's qualifying round at the Rio Olympics.

  • The Latest: Russian Cycling says appeals clear 3 to compete

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.The CEO of the Russian Cycling Federation says three of the country's cyclists have been cleared to race at the Olympics after appealing their exclusion over doping.

  • David Lee gears up to lead US volleyball in 3rd Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) David Lee debated whether to even march in another opening ceremony. He has done the Olympic pomp-and-circumstance thing a few times by now.The U.S. volleyball player waited until Friday to decide, wanting to make sure his long, 34-year-old legs would be plenty fresh for the Americans' volleyball opener Sunday against Canada as he begins his third and final Olympics.

  • Water polo making most of better scouting

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Merrill Moses first started playing for U.S. water polo, the team manager would pack a TV and VCR for overseas tournaments, and players would watch VHS tapes of their games. Tony Azevedo remembers waiting and waiting for the play he wanted to see.

  • The Latest: Competing was the easy part for Russian archers

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:45 p.m.The CEO of the Russian Cycling Federation says three of the country's cyclists have been cleared to race at the Olympics after appealing their exclusion over doping.

  • Home-sand advantage: Brazil looms large for US on the beach

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Kerri Walsh Jennings beat the Chinese in Beijing, winning one of her three Olympic beach volleyball gold medals in 2008 in front of a crowd rooting hard for the hometown opponents.That doesn't come close to what she can expect when the 2016 tournament begins on Saturday at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach.

  • Pressure increases on Brazil's soccer team after opening tie

    August 5, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) The last thing Brazil's men's soccer team needed in its first game at the Olympics was to leave the field without a win and jeered by fans.The disappointing 0-0 draw against 10-man South Africa prompted loud boos from the crowd and renewed fears of another embarrassment at home just two years after a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

  • Like the US to win a bunch of gold? There's a bet for that

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The odds are good the U.S. will win the gold medal count once again in the Olympics.The odds are even better this year that there will be some money bet on it.Bookmakers in Las Vegas are making the U.S. the favorite to defend the gold medal crown from the London Olympics, with an over/under of 43.5 gold medals for the Americans. China is the only other country close to the U.S., with bookies putting that country's gold medal line at 36.

  • The Latest: Greece announces 1st positive doping test of Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:05 p.m.Hours before the opening ceremony, the Greek Olympic committee has announced the first positive doping test of the Rio Games.The committee says an unnamed member of the Olympic team failed a doping test in July in Athens. The Greeks say the athlete has left the Olympic Village.

  • A healthy Alex Morgan makes a statement in Olympic opener

    August 5, 2016

    With a goal in the U.S. women's opener in Brazil, Alex Morgan proclaimed that she's poised for another Olympic outburst.Morgan, finally healthy after a few years with various injury battles, scored in the team's 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the opening group stage match in Belo Horizonte.

  • South Korean archer sets world record despite shaky platform

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There was nothing the least bit shaky about South Korean archer Kim Woojin's world-record performance at the Olympics.He was in such a rhythm that a wobbly piece of plywood the competitors stood on to shoot failed to even distract him.

  • Leading man: Anthony embraces role as US team's leader

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Carmelo Anthony was the last one to take the practice floor Friday, joining his U.S. teammates after wrapping up interviews where he was asked about everything from the opening ceremony to his diet.He was in heavy demand.With two Olympic gold medals and a chance to be the first men's player to win three, Anthony has become the unlikely face of USA Basketball, a rise that couldn't have been imagined 12 years ago.

  • The Latest: Months-long Olympic torch relay wraps up in Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:30 p.m.The Olympic torch relay has reached the end of its protest-disrupted journey to Rio de Janeiro.The relay that began with a ceremonial lighting in Ancient Olympia, Greece, in April ended in Rio's Flamingo district on Friday afternoon.

  • All these years, surgeries later, Brian Baker makes Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brian Baker is not among the collection of highly ranked players and Grand Slam champions playing tennis at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Baker was supposed to be one of those stars, though - or at least appeared destined for big things as an up-and-coming teen who reached No. 2 in the world junior rankings and was the French Open boys' runner-up in 2003.

  • The Latest: Olympic sailing venue ramp still being fixed

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:25 p.m.They're cutting it very close at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing venue.A temporary ramp to launch boats at Rio's Marina da Gloria collapsed a week ago and, with sailing opening on Monday, it's still not fixed. Organizers said it would be ready on Friday, but that won't happen.

  • Olympic rugby 7s tipped to change the game

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) It's taken rugby 92 years to get back in the Olympic Games, and yet Argentina great Agustin Pichot called it the right moment.Pichot, a key member of the team which got rugby sevens approved for Olympics inclusion in 2009 and who has become vice chairman of World Rugby, could barely contain his excitement on Friday, the day before the competition begins.

  • Back on Olympic stage, Leyva eyes making impact for Team USA

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The words trail Danell Leyva even now, four eventful years since that warm night in London when - giddy from his bronze in the all-around at the 2012 Olympics - the rising American star made a very public pledge.Shortly after the awards ceremony, Leyva leaned over and asked newly minted champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan if he planned to stick around for the 2016 Games. Pressed on why he wanted to know, Leyva flashed a smile and said simply ''I want to beat him.''

  • Venus Williams takes court on Day 1 of Olympic tennis

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With a 64-player field and 16 seeds - half that of the majors - the Olympic tennis draw set up some intriguing first-round matchups.Play opens Saturday, though many of the big names won't start their tournaments in Rio de Janeiro until Sunday. Novak Djokovic does take the court Saturday, but in doubles, not singles.

  • Italian PM: 2024 Olympics in Rome would defy extremists

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Holding the Olympics in Rome in 2024 would send a message of defiance to terrorists trying to cower people into a ''life of fear'' and rob them of their sporting and cultural identity, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said Friday.Renzi came to Brazil to attend the opening of the Rio de Janeiro Games and promote Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

  • The Latest: NBC to telecast tape-delayed opening ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:40 p.m.Want to watch the opening ceremony in the United States when it kicks off in Rio? You'll have to wait at least an hour.NBC won't begin telecasting the festivities until an hour after they begin in Rio on Friday night. The tape-delayed telecast will be four hours after the fact out West.

  • The Latest: Suspended Brazil president sad to miss ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:20 p.m.Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she's sad to be missing out on the Olympics festivities as Rio gears up to Friday night's opening ceremony.

  • The Latest: US men's gymnast Brooks looks to all-around

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:45 p.m.Chris Brooks' remarkable resurgence will reach its peak on Saturday when the captain of the U.S. men's gymnastics team competes in the all-around.The 29-year-old Brooks, a first-time Olympian, will do all six events for the Americans as they try to earn a spot in Monday's eight-team final. Four-time national champion Sam Mikulak will also do the all-around for the U.S. as it hopes to return to the podium after fading during the finals in 2012.

  • US-Australia rivalry highlights 1st night in Olympic pool

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Katie Ledecky is going for a sweep of the longer freestyle races at the Olympics, a feat unmatched since another American teenager achieved it 48 years ago.Before she tries to equal Debbie Meyers' golden triple, Ledecky could join the U.S. 4x100-meter freestyle relay team when the eight-day swimming competition begins Saturday.

  • In Olympic marketing, smaller brands find restrictions tough

    August 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Olympics are full of stories of underdogs triumphing against the odds for athletic glory. But in the case of Olympic marketing, smaller brands are finding it tough to prevail amid strict rules.Sponsors such as Visa, Samsung and Coca-Cola pay hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Olympics. So the International Olympic Committee cracks down on non-sponsoring brands that reference the Olympics by name or use Olympic logos in tweets or advertisement.

  • Kim Woojin breaks world record in qualifying at Rio Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There was nothing the least bit shaky about South Korean archer Kim Woojin's world-record performance at the Olympics.He was in such a rhythm that a wobbly piece of plywood the competitors stood on to shoot failed to even distract him.

  • Many players to watch outside US in Olympic men's basketball

    August 6, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) From Kyrie to KD, DeMar to DeMarcus, many players on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team are so well known to NBA fans they can simply go by first names or nicknames.The Americans have 12 NBA players on their roster, headlined by former MVP Kevin Durant and featuring multiple All-Stars. Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan and DeMarcus Cousins played on the team that won the gold medal two years ago in the Basketball World Cup.

  • Pele says poor health will keep him from opening ceremony

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pele will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics because of poor health, denying Brazilians a chance to celebrate their greatest sports figure.The 75-year-old soccer great said this week he had been invited to light the cauldron, though that was not confirmed by Rio organizers.

  • The Latest: 2024 Olympics host hopefuls talk terror threats

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.Leaders of countries who are in Brazil to promote bids for the 2024 Games discussed terrorism threats Friday ahead of Rio's opening ceremony.French President Francois Hollande says Paris and other cities bidding to host future Olympics need to be able to protect themselves, and Hollande says France has experience in organizing and protecting major events. More than 200 people have died in France in the last 18 months in terror attacks, but Hollande said these were not attacks on major organized events like the European Championship soccer tournament, which was held around France in June and July.

  • The Latest: Protests force Olympic torch relay off course

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:55 p.m.Protests and large crowds have forced the Olympic torch relay away from Copacabana.The torch relay was due to pass by Rio de Janeiro's famed beach ahead of Friday's opening ceremony.

  • The Latest: Pele won't attend opening ceremony, cites health

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:25 p.m.Pele says his poor health will prevent him from participating in the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.In a statement on Friday, Pele says ''I'm not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics.''

  • The Latest: Pele won't light Olympic cauldron, cites health

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:25 p.m.Pele says his poor health will keep him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.In a statement on Friday, Pele says ''I'm not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics.''

  • Decorated former player Karch Kiraly coaches women his way

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Karch Kiraly's eyes always stay up, hands clasped behind his back, as he deliberately moves around the court checking in with each of his players. During Olympic training at Rio's Navy School, he stands atop the referee stand, watching intently.

  • The Latest: Russian rower's late clearance won't change plan

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):1:10 p.m.The world rowing federation has cleared a previously banned Russian rower from competing in the Olympics but says Russia has decided to leave him at home anyway.

  • Olympic road cycling is a grueling, panoramic tour of Rio

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic road cycling races promise to be a grueling, 6-hour showcase featuring everything from the sun-splashed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the squalor of the nearby slums.There's the backdrop of historic Fort Copacabana, and the long, fast flats along the brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic. There are the harrowing climbs and brutal descents on slick roads twisting through jungle, and the jarring cobblestone sections that add a little spice and a lot of bumps.

  • The Latest: Recurve world record in Rio archery qualifying

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:30 p.m.Kim Woojin of South Korea set a recurve world record with a score of 700 during the qualifying round of archery at the Rio Olympics.The 24-year-old Kim beat the previous mark of 699 for 72 arrows set by Im Dong-Hyun at the 2012 London Games.

  • Visitors to Rio Olympics will find all senses triggered

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Right after getting off the plane, sweat beads will start to gather on your forehead. That's just Rio de Janeiro's ever-present humidity saying ''hello.''You will be enveloped by shades of green - lush tropical forests jammed between buildings of all sizes - and tones of blue along miles of inviting coastlines.

  • USOC leader defends stance on Russian doping

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee defended his support of the decision not to ban Russia's entire team from the Rio Games, framing it as a done deal by the time he weighed in on it, and a stance that received wide support among athletes.

  • The Latest: Police say Moroccan boxer accused of assault

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 a.m.Brazilian police say they have jailed a Moroccan Olympic boxer on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian women.In a statement, police say they arrested boxer Hassan Saada Friday for possible assaults on two Brazilian women who worked as waitresses in the Olympic Village.

  • Rio police arrest Moroccan boxer on sex assault allegation

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A Moroccan Olympic boxer was arrested Friday on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian housekeepers in the Olympic Village.Police said the possible attacks by Hassan Saada happened Wednesday. The women filed a report this week, saying the 22-year-old boxer asked them to go to his room, then restrained and fondled them, chief investigator Carolina Salomao said.

  • US Olympic swim team takes wheel for carpool karaoke video

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. swim team is singing again.Led by Michael Phelps, the Americans have done a follow-up to their 2012 hit video in which the Olympians lip-synced to ''Call Me Maybe.''This time, the swimmers did an extended video version of ''Carpool Karaoke,'' mimicking the popular segment on James Corden's late-night TV talk show.

  • WADA removes Kenya from non-compliant list

    August 5, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Kenya has been removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of ''non-compliant'' countries, three months after WADA described the nation's anti-doping regulations as ''a complete mess.''WADA said in a statement late Thursday that the new anti-doping legislation introduced by Kenya's parliament is ''now deemed to be in line'' with the 2015 World Anti-Doping code.

  • The Latest: Olympic torch heads to Christ the Redeemer

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:20 a.m.The Olympic flame has hit Rio's most famous landmark, the Christ the Redeemer statue.Brazil Olympian Isabel Barroso Salgado was emotional as she stood beneath the 125-foot statue (38 meters, 30 centimeters), holding the torch straight above her head with both arms outstretched.

  • The Latest: Olympic mystery: Who will light Rio cauldron?

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:25 a.m.As the Olympic torch makes its way through Rio de Janeiro, the big question is: Will Pele show up?The former soccer star - Brazil's most famous athlete - said this week he was invited to take part in the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but business deals were stopping him from doing it.

  • The Latest: Samba, baby! Rio to open Summer Olympic Games

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 a.m.There's going to be no shortage of samba, culture or diversity in the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics as Brazil proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders.

  • Visitors to Rio Olympics will find all 5 senses triggered

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Right after getting off the plane, sweat beads will start to gather on your forehead. That's just Rio de Janeiro's ever-present humidity saying ''hello.''Look around and you will be enveloped by shades of green - lush tropical forests jammed between buildings of all sizes - and tones of blue along the miles of inviting coastlines.

  • As the Olympics loom, the gymnastics party may be in college

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sophina DeJesus won't be on the floor when Olympic gymnastics begins this weekend. Her career likely ended in April when she wrapped up her senior year at UCLA by helping the Bruins to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships.

  • Column: Rio could prove that Olympics are too big to fail

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) On a corner outside the athlete's village, a soldier carrying an automatic weapon tried his best to keep from smiling as he posed for a cameraman trying to put a face on security at the Olympics.All is not quite fun and games just yet in Rio, though beleaguered organizers are hoping that changes soon. Competition begins for real on Saturday and, barring a potential disaster, the discussion may actually turn from the problems of Rio to sports from badminton to basketball in an extravaganza that only the world's biggest sporting event can bring.

  • Will truce in swimsuit wars carry on past Rio Olympics?

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There's one question swimmers won't hear this month around the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro: What are you wearing?Olympic coaches and swimmers would prefer it remain that way, never wanting to go back to the swimsuit wars that culminated with a ludicrous display of speed at the 2009 world championships.

  • Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There's nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe - and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American nation proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders.

  • Japanese PM Abe to attend closing ceremony of Rio Olympics

    August 5, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday that Abe will visit Brazil from Aug. 21 and will also meet with Japanese athletes taking part in the Rio Games.

  • From plane to pitch, Nigeria soccer team wins Olympic opener

    August 4, 2016

    The Nigerian men's soccer team didn't show any fatigue from a last-minute trip that brought the players to Brazil just hours before their Rio Olympics opener, beating Japan 5-4 Thursday night.A mix-up at the airport forced Nigeria to make a late flight from Atlanta to Brazil. The team arrived in the jungle city of Manaus about six hours before overcoming jet leg and the heat and humidity in the Amazon city to win a thrilling game.

  • Rio Police, Russian embassy disagree on details of fatality

    August 5, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police in Rio de Janeiro said a Russian diplomat trying to repel an attempted robbery Thursday near the Olympic Park was involved in a shooting that left the assailant dead. The Russian embassy denied any of its employees were involved in the incident.

  • Doping investigator blames pre-Olympic doping chaos on WADA

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) One of the lead investigators into the Russian doping crisis accused the World Anti-Doping Agency of contributing to the chaos ahead of the Olympics by not pushing for a probe into the country's entire sports system at an earlier date.

  • Portugal opens bid for 1st Olympic medal with win

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Suddenly, Portugal's post-Cristiano Ronaldo era doesn't seem so daunting.The next generation of players from the country won their opening match at the Olympics on Thursday, beating Argentina 2-0 in Group D.Portugal won the European Championship last month, with the 31-year-old Ronaldo sidelined for much of the final with an injury. Teams from the country also won the under-17 European title and nearly won the under-21 title last year, too.

  • Olympic champion Gabby Douglas eager to prove critics wrong

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Gabby Douglas tried to block out the criticism when national team coordinator Martha Karolyi named the reigning Olympic champion to the 2016 gymnastics team last month despite a so-so performance at trials.Emphasis on tried.Yes, Douglas wasn't crisp on beam either night in San Jose. Yes, there were a handful of other athletes Karolyi could have chosen instead with minimal effect on the Americans' chances of steamrolling their way to gold in Rio. And yes, Douglas understands everything she does now will be compared to that euphoric summer four years ago when she rapidly morphed from prodigy to superstar.

  • The Latest: Yulia Efimova's status still uncertain for Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:20 p.m.It's still unclear if Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova will be allowed to compete in the Olympics.The International Olympic Committee's rule to keep the Russian breaststroker out of the pool because of an earlier doping suspension has been declared ''unenforceable.''

  • Wanna know Djokovic vs. del Potro result? Check ITF website

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pssssst. Wanna know who's going to win that big first-round matchup between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics?If you believe the draw sheet posted online by the International Tennis Federation , the victor of that match scheduled for Sunday is already known, days ahead of time - and it's del Potro.

  • The Latest: Hingis disappointed no mixed doubles for Federer

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9:10 p.m.The Swiss Olympic tennis team is a ''little smaller'' than initially expected, as Timea Bacsinszky put it. And with a lot less star power.With Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Belinda Bencic all out because of injury issues, Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis are now the only two players on the squad. Hingis was originally supposed to play doubles with Bencic and - in a highly anticipated pairing - mixed doubles with Federer. Now she's just playing doubles with Bacsinszky, who will also compete in singles.

  • IOC approves entry of 271 Russian athletes for Rio Games

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The IOC approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday, meaning 70 percent of the country's original team will compete after a doping scandal that has dominated the buildup to the games.Also Thursday, the IOC rule barring Russian athletes with prior doping sanctions from competing in the games was rejected as ''unenforceable'' by a sports arbitration panel, a decision which could open the door to further appeals and more Russians being entered.

  • The Latest: IOC approves 271 Russians to compete in Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:20 p.m.The IOC has approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The International Olympic Committee announced the decision Thursday night, about 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the games.

  • 'Don't poke my eye out': Murray needs flag practice in Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Andy Murray is quite adept at wielding a tennis racket. Holding a giant flag? He needs some work in that area.Murray joked Thursday about having had a tad bit of trouble during a photo op for the British team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, posing with the flag while standing next to a member of the royal family.

  • The Latest: IOC can't bar someone with prior doping offense

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7 p.m.The Court of Arbitration for Sport says an IOC rule barring Russian athletes with a prior doping sanction from competing in the Olympics is ''unenforceable.''CAS says the rule ''does not respect the athletes' right of natural justice.''

  • The Latest: Ireland says one of its boxers suspended in Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:45 p.m.---The Olympic Council of Ireland says a boxer has been provisionally suspended from the Rio Games after finding an ''adverse analytical finding'' in a sample provided to anti-doping officers.

  • Ready or not, Pokemon Go comes to the Rio Olympics

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For some at the Rio Games, there's gold, silver and bronze.Or perhaps there's Golduck, Shellder and Bulbasaur.Pokemon Go - which has been available in some parts of the world, including the United States, for about a month - has just now arrived in the Olympic host city of Rio de Janeiro. Available this week in Brazil for the first time, not coincidentally on the eve of the Rio Olympics, the game involves players using their smartphones to track down the virtual creatures.

  • NBC says negative stories raise Rio awareness, help ad sales

    August 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pre-Olympics media reports about the Zika virus, polluted water and political unrest in Brazil raised awareness about the Rio de Janeiro Games and thus helped NBC's advertising sales, network executives said Thursday.''The numbers reflect that,'' NBC Sports advertising head Seth Winters said. ''Advertisers are exceptionally bullish on these games.''

  • Smooth sailing? US men's basketball seeks more Olympic gold

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) There were so many questions about their cushy accommodations it seemed the Americans were on vacation.Yes, the U.S. men's basketball team is staying on a cruise ship, with gorgeous views of Brazil's beautiful beaches.But the Americans didn't come to Rio de Janeiro for fun and sun.

  • Brazil held to 0-0 draw by South Africa in men's soccer

    August 4, 2016

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) Brazil started its quest for an Olympic gold medal in men's soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompted loud jeers by some of the home fans.Despite an attack led by Barcelona striker Neymar and talented youngsters Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol, Brazil was not able to find the net at the packed Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.

  • The Latest: Murray calls flag-bearing job 'proudest moment'

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6 p.m.Andy Murray calls being chosen to carry Britain's flag in the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ''by far the proudest moment in my professional career.''

  • Report: Subway expansion built for Rio Olympics overbilled

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A billion subway expansion built as one of the main Olympic legacy projects for Rio de Janeiro was overbilled by 25 percent, a report said Thursday.The financially battered government also ended up paying twice as much of what was agreed to in a partnership with private companies, according to a state auditor's document cited in O Globo newspaper.

  • The Latest: Sculptor Howe gets Brazilian inspiration

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:10 p.m.American sculptor Anthony Howe got inspiration in expressive shapes, like coconut trees and palm trees, to design the cauldron that will be lit on Friday at the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • NBC says negative Olympic stories helped ad sales

    August 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pre-Olympics media reports about the Zika virus, polluted water and political unrest in Brazil helped NBC's advertising sales, network executives said Thursday.That sounds counter-intuitive, but NBC Sports advertising head Seth Winters said in a conference call from Rio de Janeiro that ''it just made people more aware that there is something going on down here.''

  • Rio Games an acid test for Olympics' appeal in a grim world

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Even if only for two weeks, can ''Faster-Higher-Stronger'' overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games still offer the world momentary levity, distract from terror, shootings, poverty and other worries in globally grim times? If not, what use is the multibillion-dollar celebration of youthful endeavor and mostly niche sports?

  • The Latest: Bach says Rio preparations 'not always easy'

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:55 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach says preparing the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ''were not always easy times, and it is not easy times now.''Speaking Wednesday to reporters, Bach says ''I think you can say very clearly that the financial model of the Olympic Games has really stood a stress test.''

  • Bay Area judo coach Yosh Uchida is Rio-bound at age 96

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A spry 96 and grinning ear to ear, Yosh Uchida weaves his right arm around the triceps of three-time hammer throw Olympian Ed Burke and begins to turn him for a good-natured takedown. Burke squeaks ''help,'' Uchida releases him and both men chuckle.

  • The Latest: Russian Olympic committee says 271 cleared

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:40 p.m.The head of Russia's Olympic committee says 271 of his country's athletes have been cleared so far to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games.Alexander Zhukov says ''we have good news for the fans of the Russian Olympic team - the majority of the sports have been admitted in full.''

  • The Latest: Nigerian soccer team makes it to Brazil

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 p.m.The Nigerian men's soccer team has made it to Brazil after a last-minute flight on the day of its opening Olympics match against Japan.The team arrived in Brazil on Thursday afternoon following a flight out of Atlanta, where it has been training for the Olympics. The team's spokesman posted photos on Twitter of the team at the airport and going through immigration.

  • The Latest: Orsi Toth out of Olympics because of doping

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):3:30 p.m.Italian beach volleyball player Viktoria Orsi Toth is out of the Olympics after failing a doping test.The international volleyball federation confirmed the result on Thursday, a day before the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Red, white, blue and flashy: USA's Opening Ceremony gear

    August 4, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) When Team USA lines up for the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday night, the team will don custom-fitted Polo Ralph Lauren ensembles saturated with the red, white and blue of the American flag.It was a uniform months in the making.

  • IOC's final ruling on Russian athletes goes down to wire

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A final ruling on the entry of Russian athletes in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics is coming down to the wire.IOC President Thomas Bach said a decision will be announced later Thursday, just a day before the opening of the games, following a review of the doping records of individual Russian athletes.

  • Report: USA Gymnastics declined to look into potential abuse

    August 4, 2016

    An investigation into USA Gymnastics published Thursday determined the organization collected complaints of improper conduct by over 50 coaches between 1996 and 2006 and regularly declined to forward them on to the authorities unless expressly asked to do so, opening the door for further abuse in some cases.

  • The Latest: Report says Olympic subway expansion overbilled

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:30 p.m.A new report says the billion subway expansion built as one of the main Olympic legacy projects in Rio de Janeiro was overbilled by 25 percent.Rio de Janeiro state auditors say contracts show discrepancies such as invoices with overpriced materials and inconsistencies in services hired by the state.

  • The Latest: Russians cleared to compete in equestrian

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:20 p.m.The international equestrian federation says all five Russians have been cleared to compete at the Olympics.The federation, FEI, says the International Olympic Committee cleared the horses and eventing riders Aleksandr Markov, Andrey Mitin and Evgeniya Ovchinnikova, and dressage competitors Inessa Merkulova and Marina Aframeeva.

  • The Latest: Bach says final ruling on Russia coming Thursday

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):2:05 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach says a final ruling on the entry of Russian athletes in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be announced later Thursday, just a day before the opening of the games.

  • The Latest: Volleyball federation clears Russia's teams

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:20 p.m.The world volleyball governing body says Russia's teams for volleyball and beach volleyball have been cleared to compete at the Olympics.The International Federation of Volleyball said Thursday that the 30 Russian players had formally received the green light from the International Olympic Committee as expected. The men's volleyball team is the defending Olympic champion.

  • Djokovic faces 2009 US Open champ del Potro in Rio 1st round

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Novak Djokovic will face 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the first round of the Olympics in a rematch of the 2012 bronze medal match.Del Potro's ranking has fallen to 145th after he endured three operations on his left wrist. But at his first Grand Slam in 2 1/2 years, he upset fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon last month. The Argentine beat Djokovic for bronze in London four years ago.

  • Brazil's shrinking economy is facing Olympic-size troubles

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games seven years ago, Wagner Bastos was a hotshot car salesman for Rio Citroen-Peugeot. Some months he earned 17,000 Brazilian reais - about ,200 now and much more back then.

  • The Latest: Russian golfer Verchenova cleared for Rio Games

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11:50 a.m.Russian golfer Maria Verchenova has been cleared to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The International Golf Federation says ''the IOC has notified the IGF and Russian Olympic Committee that Ms. Maria Verchenova's entry to the women's individual golf event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been confirmed.''

  • NBC gears up for Olympics with exhaustive coverage plan

    August 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC's plans for the Olympics in Rio over the next two weeks define the term ''exhaustive.''The network, its cable sisters and Olympics website plan 6,755 hours of coverage through the Aug. 21 closing ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Obsessive fans have plenty of viewing options, since every Olympic competition will be available live online along with the popular events airing in prime time on NBC.

  • Nigeria soccer team's flight delayed before Olympic debut

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Nigerian men's soccer team had its trip to the Rio Olympics delayed by a mix-up at the airport, forcing the players to make a last-minute flight from Atlanta to Brazil just hours before its opening match in the games.The team boarded a Delta Air Lines jet from Atlanta on Thursday morning and arrived in the jungle city of Manaus about six hours before its game against Japan.

  • The Latest: Judo clears all 11 Russians to compete in Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):11 a.m.The International Judo Federation has cleared all 11 Russian judo athletes to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The federation said Thursday that four women and seven men were tested ''many times'' before the Olympics and are clean.

  • The Latest: China says Beijing on track for 2022 games

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:10 a.m.Organizers of the Winter Olympics in 2022 in Beijing are promising that everything is already on track for the country's second Olympics, building on experience from the Summer Games in 2008.

  • Hope Solo not bothered by 'Zika' crowd chants at Olympics

    August 4, 2016

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) Hope Solo wasn't bothered by the chanting.The veteran USA goalie was teased by fans chanting ''Zika, Zika'' at her as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand in its Olympic debut on Wednesday.The crowd of nearly 10,000 fans at the 60,000-capacity Mineirao Stadium jeered the goalkeeper with references to the virus that has scared many athletes ahead of the Rio Games.

  • The Latest: All 11 Russia boxers declared eligible for Rio

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:20 a.m.The International Boxing Association says all 11 of Russia's boxers who qualified for the Rio Games have been cleared to participate following a doping review for all Russian athletes.

  • France wastes no time in pushing bid to host 2024 Games

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) French President Francois Hollande is wasting no time pushing his country as a potential 2024 Olympics host, making an on-site bid in Rio de Janeiro.Hollande flew to Rio on Thursday for a series of meetings over two days, including a dinner with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and delegation chiefs of countries taking part in the Olympics and Paralympics. They were holding private talks Friday.

  • For the 1st time, US has defending Olympic judo champion

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For the first time, the U.S. will have a defending Olympic judo champion when the Rio de Janeiro Games begin - and she will be backed up by arguably the strongest team ever produced by the Americans in the Japanese martial art, with a serious chance of taking three medals.

  • Olympics offers showcase for tech such as VR, payments ring

    August 4, 2016

    Besides dazzling feats of athleticism, dazzling new technologies will be on display at the Olympics.About 217 million viewers in the U.S. alone tuned in to the London Olympics four years ago, making it the most watched TV event in history. The television audience is expected to increase for the Rio Olympics, which formally open Friday. Others will tune in online or watch the games in person in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Olympics provide unique opportunities for sneaker companies

    August 4, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) While the men's basketball team's first order of business is to win the gold medal at the Rio Games there will be some other basketball business taking place on the court.Shoe business, and it can get personal.Michael Jordan is the shining example of how on-court moments can take on another life through sneakers in this global multi-billion dollar industry. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and other members of the United States Olympic men's basketball team could have a similar opportunity in Rio. In an ideal world for players and shoe companies there will be a memorable golden moment that goes viral - leading to an `it must be the shoes' phenomenon.

  • Ex-big leaguer Cromartie backs baseball's return to Olympics

    August 4, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Former major leaguer Warren Cromartie has welcomed the return of baseball to the Olympics but says he doesn't see players from Major League Baseball taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Games.One of the most popular foreigners to play in Japan, Cromartie spent seven seasons with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants from 1984-90 after nine seasons in Major League Baseball with the Montreal Expos.

  • The Latest: Olympians can now go for "Pokemon Go" medals

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12.30 a.m.France routed Colombia 4-0 to take the lead in Group G of the women's Olympic soccer tournament at the Rio Games.France got on the board with an own goal by Colombia's Carolina Arias two minutes into the match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, then Eugenie Le Sommer scored in the 14th, Camille Abily added to the lead in the 42nd and Amel Majri closed the scoring in the 82nd.

  • Wait over for Pokemon Go in Brazil ahead of Olympics

    August 3, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Olympians can now go for their ''Pokemon Go'' medals.The hit, augmented reality game, in which players roam around the real-life world to collect virtual monsters and medals, became available in Brazil late Wednesday.There had been much disappointment among those at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games that they could not play the ''Pokemon Go'' game.

  • The Latest: Hope Solo not bothered by chants

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):10:40 p.m.Hope Solo says she was not bothered by fans who chanted ''Zika, Zika'' at her as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand in its Olympic debut on Wednesday.

  • US men, women's basketball teams ready to get to work in Rio

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The U.S. men and women's basketball teams arrived in Rio, spent some time on their luxury cruise ship that will house them for the next 20 days and then the ladies went to work.''The boatel,'' a laughing Diana Taurasi said Wednesday. ''There's so many different restaurants and places for us to hang out. It's big, but not too big.''

  • The Latest: US beats New Zealand in Olympic opener

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):9 p.m.Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

  • Rio organizers get grilled by IOC with games set to open

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) With the Rio de Janeiro Olympics set to open, worried IOC members grilled top organizing officials about traffic jams, water pollution, security, and the absence of signage that gives the games its own distinct look.International Olympic President Thomas Bach also turned up the pressure Wednesday by talking straight to organizing committee president Carlos Nuzman and CEO Sidney Levy, who tried to soothe almost 100 IOC members.

  • IOC pays tribute to Israeli victims of 1972 Munich attack

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach led a mourning ceremony Wednesday for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics - a tribute that a widow of one of the victims said brought ''closure'' for the families.Bach, his voice cracking with emotion, read out of the names of each of the 11 Israelis and the German policeman who died after a raid by Palestinian gunmen in the athletes' village in Munich, the worst terror attack in Olympic history.

  • The Latest: Germany post 6-1 win in opener

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):8:10 p.m.Melanie Behringer scored a pair of goals as three-time bronze medalist Germany routed newcomer Zimbabwe 6-1 in the women's Olympic soccer tournament at the Rio Games.

  • Brazil soccer players give hosts a winning start to Olympics

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The first Olympics in Brazil are underway - aptly with soccer games in the sport's spiritual home and a win for the hosts.In Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Stadium, the Brazilian women's team eased to a 3-0 victory at the start of its quest for a first Olympic gold.

  • The Latest: IOC grills Rio organizers about traffic, water

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):7:15 p.m.Worried IOC members are grilling the Rio de Janeiro Games organizers about traffic jams, water pollution, security and the absence of signage to give the games its own distinct look.

  • Olympic sailors may see dolphins in Rio's Guanabara Bay

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic sailors competing in the Rio de Janeiro may navigate through fetid waters and possibly bump into floating trash. But if they are lucky enough, they might also sail past a few dozen dolphins that live in Guanabara Bay.Despite the untreated sewage and toxic industrial pollution that flows into bay waters, 34 Guiana dolphins live, breed and feed in the bay.

  • The Latest: Russian says he expects up to 280 in Rio

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):6:55 p.m.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says he expects ''between 272 and 280'' Russian athletes to be cleared to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • You're in! Baseball/softball, 4 other sports make Tokyo cut

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Baseball and softball are returning to the Olympics in 2020, while skateboarding, surfing, karate and sport climbing are joining the games for the first time.The IOC approved the addition of the sports Wednesday for the Tokyo Games, calling it an ''innovative'' mix of traditional and youth-oriented events that will attract Japanese and global fans.

  • Michael Phelps opens door - slightly - to another comeback

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps kept saying this would definitely be his final Olympics.No chance of any more comebacks, right?Not so fast.During a news conference Wednesday, Phelps called Rio ''my potential last Olympics.''With that, the media in the packed interview room erupted in gasps and laughter, cutting off Phelps in mid-sentence as he talked about the chance to share the Olympics with his infant son, Boomer.

  • US boxer Claressa Shields punching toward 2nd Olympic gold

    August 3, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Claressa Shields got the Olympic rings tattooed on her powerful right bicep five weeks ago. ''Rio'' and ''London'' are inscribed within the bottom two loops.On top, the American middleweight added a simple, confident declaration: ''2X.''

  • The Latest: Canada women's soccer nets fastest Olympic goal

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:49 p.m.The Canadian women's soccer team took only 20 seconds to make a mark on the Rio de Janeiro Games by scoring the fastest goal ever at the Olympics.Janine Beckie's record-breaking goal in Canada's 2-0 victory over Australia on Wednesday was nine seconds faster than Oribe Peralta's strike for Mexico in the men's gold medal match against Brazil four years ago in London.

  • The Latest: Brazilian riot police use tear gas

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):5:25 p.m.Brazilian riot police have used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters in the path of the Olympic torch relay north of Rio de Janeiro. The military police have not responded to immediate requests for information.

  • IOC approves addition of 5 sports for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic leaders approved the addition of five sports to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, including the return of baseball-softball and the introduction of youth-oriented events such as skateboarding and surfing.

  • Report: Leadership of Olympic federations lacking in women

    August 3, 2016

    As athletes around the world head to Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympics this week, men continue to overwhelmingly outnumber women in leadership spots at international organizations that govern the games, a new report shows.Women are projected to make up 45 percent of the athletes competing in Rio. Yet the report released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport shows that of 8,500 leadership positions at international sports federations affiliated with the International Olympic Committee, only 5.7 percent (two out of 35) of federation presidents, 12.2 percent (17 of 139) of vice presidents and 13.1 percent (51 of 388) of executive committee members are women.

  • The Latest: 5 new sports approved for Tokyo

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:55 p.m.Olympic leaders have approved the addition of five sports to the program of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including the return of baseball-softball and the introduction of youth-oriented events such as skateboarding and surfing.

  • Phelps to carry US flag during Olympic opening in Rio

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Michael Phelps has a lot of memorable moments at the Olympics.This one ranks right up there.Adding another honor to his remarkable career, Phelps was chosen to carry the U.S. flag in Friday night's opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

  • The Latest: Williams sisters top seeds for Rio Games

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:35 p.m.The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, will be the top seeds in women's doubles at the Rio Olympics.In men's doubles, three-time major winner Andy Murray and his brother Jamie are seeded second, behind the top-seeded French pairing of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

  • Olympics begin with Sweden beating South Africa in soccer

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The first Olympics in Brazil are underway - aptly with a game of soccer in the sport's spiritual home. Just not a very memorable one.Sweden's women beat South Africa 1-0 in a drab group-stage game Wednesday in front of a sparse crowd of only a couple of thousand spectators in Rio de Janeiro. It was settled by veteran defender Nilla Fischer opening her third Olympics by scoring in the 75th minute.

  • The Latest: Tokyo hoping to live up to past in 2020

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4:20 p.m.The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be continually be compared to the games the city held 52 years ago.Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the 2020 games, says ''the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo had a very large impact to Tokyo and Japan'' two decades after the Second World War.

  • Pele says he was invited to light the Rio Olympics cauldron

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Three-time World Cup champion Pele says he was invited to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, but sponsorship deals could stop him from performing the prestigious task.Speaking at an event in Rio, Pele said he was invited to light the cauldron by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Rio 2016 organizing committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

  • Gymnast Laurie Hernandez turns pro ahead of Olympics

    August 3, 2016

    Rising gymnastics star Laurie Hernandez is turning professional ahead of the Summer Olympics.The 16-year-old from Old Bridge, New Jersey announced Wednesday she is giving up her amateur status just days before helping Team USA vie for a second straight Olympic gold. Hernandez had verbally committed to competing collegiately at Florida before signing with Shade Global Inc.

  • The Latest: Bach leads ceremony for Munich victims

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):4 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach has led a mourning ceremony for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics, a tribute that a widow of the one of the victims says brings ''closure for us.''

  • Olympic video and VR: Guide to watching without a TV

    August 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) No TV? No problem!NBC is making 4,500 hours of Olympics coverage available at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, starting with preliminary soccer events on Wednesday, two days before Friday's formal start of the Olympics. The online coverage includes every single event live, as NBC continues a practice begun with the London Olympics in 2012 under new owner Comcast Corp.

  • Fears about Rio Games? Don't forget Brazilian party skills

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) For months, fears about the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been hogging the spotlight.There are concerns about safety amid a surge of murders in Rio and extremist attacks in Europe and the United States. Polluted beaches and other waterways could make athletes and visitors ill, and the Zika virus has scared some competitors away.

  • Rio police arrest 10 in pre-Olympic raid on slum

    August 3, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police arrested 10 suspected criminals on Wednesday in a raid in one of the most violent areas of Rio de Janeiro, only two days before the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games.According to police, an investigator was shot, but left the hospital and only suffered a minor injury.

  • US riders aim to make the jump in BMX at Rio Games

    August 3, 2016

    BMX seems like a sport added to the Summer Games with American audiences and athletes in mind. Yet, no American has won gold in BMX Olympic cycling's short history.The United States was shut out entirely in 2012 after taking a silver and two bronze medals in BMX's debut in 2008.

  • Bach defends IOC handling of Russian doping scandal

    July 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday defended the committee's decision not to ban Russia's entire Olympic team and said the country's doping scandal will not damage the credibility of the Rio de Janeiro Games.Speaking at a news conference five days before the opening of the games, Bach said a total ban on Russia ''would not be justifiable'' on either moral or legal grounds.

  • The Latest: IOC president Bach says Rio gets Olympic funding

    July 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:55 p.m.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, says the IOC is helping the local organizing committee of the Rio Games with a widely reported cash-flow problem.

  • Going to the Olympics? Some health risks to consider

    July 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Traveling to the Olympics? Don't let illnesses meddle with your fun.Roughly half a million people from around the world are expected to travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And while Zika is in the spotlight, there are other bugs and health problems that Olympic athletes and spectators should keep in mind.

  • The Latest: IOC president Bach defends decision on Russia

    July 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:15 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach has defended the committee's decision not to ban Russia's entire Olympic team and says the country's doping scandal will not damage the credibility of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Saudi Arabia sends 4 female athletes to Rio

    July 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:00 p.m.Saudi Arabia will send four female athletes to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, doubling its female participation after two women took part in the 2012 London Games for the first time.

  • The Latest: Germany's Zverev withdraws from Olympics

    July 31, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):12:50 p.m.Alexander Zverev has become the latest tennis player to drop out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, citing health issues.The rising German talent said in a statement that he did not feel ''100 percent'' in his last two matches in Washington and Toronto and that after consulting with his doctors and his team ''we have decided that I have to withdraw from the Olympics.'' He did not give details.

  • Germany's Alexander Zverev withdraws from Olympics

    July 31, 2016

    BERLIN (AP) Alexander Zverev has become the latest tennis player to drop out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, citing health issues.The rising German talent said in a statement that he did not feel ''100 percent'' in his last two matches in Washington and Toronto and that after consulting with his doctors and his team ''we have decided that I have to withdraw from the Olympics.'' He did not give details.

  • Belgian decathlete overcomes cancer to get to Rio Olympics

    July 31, 2016

    AMSTERDAM (AP) At the lowest point, when chemotherapy had turned Thomas Van der Plaetsen bald and weak at 23, even his brother, coach and biggest fan, Michael, thought chances for a comeback were minuscule. Now, barely a year and a half later, he is heading to the Rio Olympics as the European decathlon champion - and with a full head of hair.

  • Italian-born fencer joins Brazil to fulfill grandma's dream

    July 31, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Italian-born fencer Nathalie Moellhausen grew up hearing her Brazilian grandmother talk about Brazil.She rejoiced every time ''Grandma Marcelita'' picked up the guitar and played Brazilian songs around the house.It was because of her that Moellhausen learned to love Brazil.

  • Rio Games: Brazil loses starting goalkeeper in men's soccer

    July 31, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Brazil's hopes of winning its first Olympic gold medal in soccer took a hit Sunday when starting goalkeeper Fernando Prass was removed from the squad because of a right elbow injury.The Brazilian soccer confederation said Prass will not play in the tournament after tests showed a fracture in the goalkeeper's elbow.

  • Sometimes there is something better than gold in Rio

    July 31, 2016

    AMSTERDAM (AP) At the lowest point, when chemotherapy had turned Thomas Van der Plaetsen bald and weak at 23, even his brother, coach and biggest fan, Michael, thought chances for a comeback were minuscule. Now, barely a year and a half later, he is heading to the Rio Olympics as the European decathlon champion - and with a full head of hair.

  • Usain Bolt brings light to a sport in peril

    July 31, 2016

    Since he coasted to the 100-meter finish line in world-record time at the Bird's Nest eight years ago, Usain Bolt has been the smiling face of track and field. He has served as the anchorman of the Olympics - virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.

  • Main ramp collapses at Rio Olympics sailing venue

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.

  • IOC sets up 3-person panel to rule on Russian entries

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A three-person International Olympic Committee panel will make a final ruling on which individual Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games.The IOC's ruling executive board, meeting Saturday for the final time before the opening of the games next Friday, said the panel will decide on the entry of Russian athletes whose names have been forwarded to compete by their international sports federations and approved by an independent arbitrator.

  • US swimming team ready to head to Rio

    July 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The U.S. swimming team has just one practice left before it leaves for the Rio Olympics.Women's coach David Marsh likes what he's seen at the 12-day Atlanta training camp.''It's been a beautiful camp so far,'' he said. ''The captains are leading it well. Very relaxed. There's nothing having to be contrived here to create things.''

  • Athletes in Rio Olympics' refugee team carry flag for others

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Popole Misenga broke down crying - for the family in Congo that he hasn't seen in 15 years, and for all the world's refugees who haven't been as lucky as he's been.Competing in judo, Misenga is one of 10 refugee athletes who will march as a team behind the white Olympic flag when the Rio de Janeiro Games open on Friday at the opening ceremony, a first for any Olympics.

  • Bryan twins withdraw from Olympics, citing health concerns

    July 30, 2016

    Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio de Janeiro, citing health concerns.The American twins announced their withdrawal on Facebook on Saturday, saying that as ''husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority.''

  • Athletes in Rio Olympics' refugee team luckier than many

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Popole Misenga broke down crying - for the family in Congo that he hasn't seen in 15 years, and for all the world's refugees who haven't been as lucky as he's been.Competing in judo, Misenga is one of 10 refugee athletes who will march as a team behind the white Olympic flag when the Rio de Janeiro Games open on Friday at the opening ceremony, a first for any Olympics.

  • Bryan brothers withdraw from Rio Games, cite health priority

    July 30, 2016

    Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns.The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, saying that as ''husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority.'' They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

  • 2 Russian swimmers file appeals against Olympic ban

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two Russian swimmers filed an appeal Saturday against their exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, claiming the ban is ''invalid'' and ''unenforceable.''The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it received appeals from Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev, both seeking to overturn their bans over state-sponsored doping allegations.

  • Brazil cuts ribbon on new subway line crucial for Olympics

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's highest officials celebrated the completion of a much-delayed billion subway expansion that will play a crucial part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday just days before the games are set to kick off.

  • First horses arrive in Brazil for the Olympics

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The first 34 horses that will take part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have arrived in Brazil.The International Federation of Equestrian Sports says all the horses arrived Saturday morning aboard a Boeing 777 belonging to Emirates SkyCargo. They are now settled at the Olympic Equestrian Center that will host the sport's three disciplines - eventing, jumping and dressage.

  • 2016 Rio Olympics medal projections

    July 30, 2016

    Medal projections for the 2016 Rio Olympics, compiled from predictions by the staff of The Associated Press:ARCHERYMenIndividualGold: Kim Woojin, South KoreaSilver: Marcus D'Almeida, BrazilBronze: Brady Ellison, United StatesTeamGold: South KoreaSilver: United States

  • Russia to appeal blanket ban on weightlifters for Olympics

    July 30, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia will immediately appeal the decision to ban all eight of its weightlifters from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for doping.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutkov told Match TV on Saturday that the country will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this weekend.

  • American star Mikulak looking for international breakthrough

    July 30, 2016

    The most important 15 minutes of Sam Mikulak's daily routine doesn't come in the gym or the weight room. They usually take place early in the morning, shortly after he pulls himself out of bed at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.There in the stillness, the best American male gymnast of his generation turns his mind into a blank slate. Nothing is allowed in. Not worries about whether he can find a way to combine consistency with his considerable talent. Not concerns about the ankles that are always one iffy landing away from disaster. Not the stakes as he prepares himself for another Olympic moment, one with significantly higher stakes than four years ago in London.

  • North Korea sends close aide of Kim Jong Un to Rio

    July 30, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) North Korea on Saturday sent a high-level delegation led by a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un to Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympics, state media said.North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said the delegation, headed by Choe Ryong Hae, vice chairman of the country's State Affairs Commission, left Pyongyang, but did not provide details about what the senior officials plan to do in Rio de Janeiro or how long they will stay.

  • Doping investigator faces 'deluge of requests' on Russians

    July 30, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Canadian lawyer who accused Russia of operating a state-run doping program is facing ''a deluge of requests'' for information on individual athletes implicated in his investigation.Richard McLaren, who was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, issued a report that accused Russia's sports ministry of overseeing doping among Olympic athletes in more than two dozen summer and winter sports.

  • Taurasi, 4 former UConn stars help overwhelm Canada 83-43

    July 30, 2016

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Just after the United States routed Canada by 40 points, Geno Auriemma and his UConn greats posed for a group photo on the court.The five former UConn players, who helped the Huskies win 10 of their 11 national championships, received one last rousing ovation from the crowd. A fitting send off for the team from their adoring Connecticut fans.

  • Saudi sprinter Masrahi to miss Olympics because of doping

    July 30, 2016

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Saudi authorities say sprinter Yousef Ahmed Masrahi will not compete in this summer's Olympics after failing a drug test.Masrahi set an Asian 400-meter record at the athletics world championships in Beijing last year.The Saudi Olympic Committee said in a statement that the 28-year-old athlete tested positive for a banned substance during training in June, and that as a result he will not compete at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • After World Cup success, Australia stood for better wages

    July 30, 2016

    Long before the U.S. women's soccer team filed a federal complaint over wage discrimination, the Australian women fought for better pay.And won.The Matildas, as they are known, will be among the 12 women's soccer teams playing in Brazil next week when the Olympics get underway. Their strike following a successful run in last summer's Women's World Cup in Canada was significant as female athletes across sports fight for recognition and respect - including their American counterparts.

  • American women trump men in medal pursuit at Rio Olympics

    July 30, 2016

    The image of sprightly gymnasts tumbling across a balance beam has always drawn American viewers during the Olympics, just like pictures of bikini-clad beach volleyball players going for gold.In some sports, women trump the men when it comes to prestige - and success.

  • Irving helps US to ugly 80-45 win over Venezuela

    July 30, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Moments after his successful return to Chicago with the U.S. national team, Jimmy Butler pulled on a T-shirt with a picture of Brazilian soccer star Pele on the front.Yup, it's almost time.Kyrie Irving scored 13 points, DeMarcus Cousins powered a dominant performance in the paint, and the United States pulled away from Venezuela for an ugly 80-45 exhibition victory Friday night.

  • Chinese table tennis domination leads to exodus of talent

    July 29, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea's top female table tennis player, China-born Jeon Ji-hee, has an easy explanation for why she had to leave her homeland to compete in the game she loves.''There are way too many good players in China,'' Jeon said after a pre-Olympics practice session. ''It's extremely hard to make it to the national team.''

  • US women's basketball team overwhelms Canada 83-43

    July 29, 2016

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Just after the United States routed Canada by 40 points, Geno Auriemma and his UConn greats posed for a group photo on the court.The five UConn players, who helped the Huskies win 10 of their 11 national championships, received one last rousing ovation from the crowd. A fitting send off for the team from their adoring Connecticut fans.

  • Family looms large in US boxer Gary Russell's Olympic quest

    July 29, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) They are four fighting brothers, each proudly bearing a version of their father's name. They strategize and train and compete together out of their Maryland gym, relentlessly applying teamwork to a profoundly individual sport.

  • Phillips helps Australia beat France 76-67

    July 29, 2016

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Erin Phillips scored 20 points and Liz Cambage added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help Australia beat France 76-67 on Friday night.Phillips, who was sporting a black eye from an elbow from teammate Natalie Burton, hit four of five 3-point attempts.

  • IOC board to review Rio final preparations, Russia doping

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Less than a week before the opening of the Olympics, IOC leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro this weekend to review the final preparations for the games and deal with the fallout from the doping scandal that has led to the exclusion of more than 100 Russian athletes.

  • Australia evacuates Rio Olympic lodging after small fire

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Australian Olympic team members were forced to evacuate their lodgings on Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a small fire in a basement parking area caused smoke to fill the stairwells.Australian team spokesman Mike Tancred said about 100 athletes and officials were evacuated from their building in the sprawling athletes' village. The compound contains 31 buildings and will accommodate 18,000 athletes and officials at the peak of the games, which open in a week.

  • The Latest: US long jumper Hartfield added to Olympic team

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:45 p.m.The U.S. added long jumper Michael Hartfield to its track team after Marquis Dendy withdrew with a leg injury.Hartfield finished fifth at U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month and was next in line for a spot because he had reached an Olympic qualifying standard earlier in the year.

  • The Latest: Australian team briefly evacuated after fire

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:15 p.m.Australian Olympic team members have returned to their building at the Rio Olympic Athletes Village after smoke from a small fire in the basement prompted an evacuation.

  • What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go'

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) So the plumbing and electricity in the athletes' village took several days to fix. Who cares?But no ''Pokemon Go''? That's an outrage!If there were ever a more ''First World problem'' for the Zika-plagued, water-polluted Rio Olympics, it's Brazil's lack of access to the hit mobile game, which has united players the world over.

  • The Latest: Felix expects to be close to 100 percent for Rio

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5 p.m.U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400-meter qualifying begins on August 13th.Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 percent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic trials.

  • The Latest: Federal government severs security contract

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):Brazil's federal government has severed its contract with a security firm that was supposed to operate x-ray machines during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes says that the Artel company didn't deliver the 3,400 workers supposed to perform the task and will be replaced by retired policemen - who are still to be trained.

  • The Latest: IOC sets up special unit to monitor illegal bets

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):The International Olympic Committee has set up a special unit to monitor any illegal betting, match-fixing or other illegal activity during the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):3:20 p.m.The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.The IWF says that the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have ''seriously damaged'' the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

  • US cyclist Lea Davison overcomes injuries, heading to Rio

    July 29, 2016

    Lea Davison, Team USA's best hope for an Olympic medal in mountain biking, loves to see girls on the trails. So much so that she has made it a bit of a mission in life.Davison and her sister, Sabra, started the nonprofit Little Bellas program in 2007 as a way to mentor young cyclists. The goal, according to the group's mission statement, is to help young women ''realize their potential through cycling'' by having fun in a constructive environment.

  • Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics for doping

    July 29, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) All of Russia's weightlifters were banned from the Rio Olympics on Friday for doping for what the international federation called ''extremely shocking'' results that brought the sport into ''disrepute.''The eight competition spots have been offered to other countries.

  • Russia confident majority of its athletes to compete in Rio

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the country's athletes had been approved by international sports federations, out of an original team of 387, adding that the number could rise.

  • The Latest: Isinbayeva says appeal turned down by IAAF

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):10:38 a.m.Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she has been refused after pleading with the IAAF to allow her to compete at the Rio Olympics.Isinbayeva was excluded as part of the IAAF's ban on the Russian track and field team, which was upheld last week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • The Latest: Russia launches last-ditch legal bid for rowers

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):10:15 a.m.Russia is to launch a last-ditch legal bid to reinstate 19 of its rowers who were banned from the Rio Olympics because of insufficient drug testing.Russian Rowing Federation head Veniamin But tells The Associated Press by telephone that he plans to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week to try to overturn the ruling from World Rowing.

  • The Latest: French president promoting Paris 2024 bid in Rio

    July 29, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):9:40 a.m.French President Francois Hollande is flying out to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next week to help support Paris with its Olympic bid.The Elysee palace says that Hollande will be in Rio on Thursday, where he will meet with members of the Paris 2024 bid committee and have lunch with French athletes in the Olympic village.

  • IOC looking at new gene doping test, won't be used in Rio

    July 29, 2016

    The International Olympic Committee is looking at a new test for gene doping, although it won't be used at the Rio de Janeiro Games, the IOC's medical and scientific director said.The new test - developed in Australia to identify if an athlete is artificially adjusting their DNA to enhance performance - is not yet in use at a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory, Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press.

  • The Latest: 3-time Olympic canoeing champ Kovacs retires

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:40 a.m.Three-time Olympic canoeing champion Katalin Kovacs of Hungary is retiring after failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics.Kovacs, who also won 40 medals in world championships, including 30 golds, had a daughter in 2014 and said she wanted to spend more time with her family.

  • The Latest: Russia says 272 athletes approved for Rio

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:29 a.m.Russia's Sports Minister says 272 of the country's athletes have received approval from international sports federations to compete at the Rio Olympics under new restrictions imposed due to the Russian doping scandal.

  • The Latest: Russian athletes under WADA scrutiny in Rio

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5:35 a.m.The sports chief of the Russian Olympic team in Rio says Russian athletes who arrived in Rio early are under scrutiny of WADA doping agents.Igor Kazikov told state-owned television channel on Friday that every member of the team who had arrived by Thursday has already been tested for doping at least once.

  • The Latest: Russia taekwondo team approved for Rio Olympics

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5:31 a.m.Russia says its taekwondo team has been approved to compete at the Rio Olympics against the backdrop of the country's doping scandal.Under International Olympic Committee rules introduced last week following accusations of a vast state-sponsored doping cover-up, Russian athletes must be individually approved by international sports federations and rejected if they previously were banned for doping offenses or implicated in the alleged cover-up.

  • Russia says taekwondo team approved for Rio Olympics

    July 29, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia says its taekwondo team has been approved to compete at the Rio Olympics against the backdrop of the country's doping scandal.Under International Olympic Committee rules introduced last week following accusations of a vast state-sponsored doping cover-up, Russian athletes must be individually approved by international sports federations and rejected if they previously were banned for doping offenses or implicated in the alleged cover-up.

  • China warns after attacks on Olympic delegates in Rio

    July 29, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) China has issued a safety warning to Chinese visiting Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics following a spate of thefts and armed robberies committed against its athletes, officials, members of the media and others.The Foreign Ministry said Friday that visitors should avoid dangerous areas of the city, leave their luxury watches at home and not carry backpacks or talk on mobile phones while walking in the street.

  • Refugees run long, inspiring road to Rio's world stage

    July 29, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) They were used to running barefoot on baking ground. They were raw, untrained. All eager.Each day, the five runners who grew up in the Kakuma refugee camp pounded the dusty tracks past thousands of makeshift tents to pass the time.

  • Bulls' Butler enjoying time with US national team

    July 29, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jimmy Butler spun a basketball on his finger. He joked around with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving during a brief 1-on-1 exchange. He smiled as some of the NBA's biggest stars lobbed some playful barbs in his direction.Back in Chicago on the eve of the Olympics, Butler is fitting in quite nicely with the U.S. national team.

  • Atlanta's Olympic venues meet varying fates since 1996

    July 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Twenty years after the Olympics were held in Atlanta, some remnants of that improbable summer remain a highly visible part of the city's landscape, while others quickly faded away.Centennial Olympic Park and Turner Field - known as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 - were the greatest legacy of those games, though the latter faces an uncertain future after just 20 seasons as home of baseball's Atlanta Braves, who are moving to a new suburban stadium next year.

  • 5 new sports move closer to approval for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    July 29, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Five sports, including surfing and skateboarding, moved a step closer to being included in the Tokyo 2020 Games after being described as ''a dynamic and exciting'' package by the IOC.Skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball were all recommended for inclusion by the IOC. An Olympic program commission report released on Friday said the five are a blend of the traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, and all have international and local appeal.

  • IOC suspends South Korea's Moon over plagiarism allegations

    July 29, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea's Moon Dae-sung has been suspended as a member of the International Olympic Committee over allegations that he plagiarized his doctoral thesis.The IOC said that that Moon's membership will be suspended until South Korea's Supreme Court reaches a verdict over his dispute with a Seoul university, which stripped him of his degree in 2014 after concluding that he stole from the works of another researcher.

  • Craig Sager to skip Rio Olympics to fight leukemia

    July 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Craig Sager's fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.

  • Seimone Augustus proud of WNBA player activism

    July 28, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Seimone Augustus grew up in Louisiana, not far from where Alton Sterling was shot this month. She knows that could have easily been someone she knew.''I lived three or four blocks from where the incident happened. It's always in the back of my mind that it could have been a relative, a friend, a teammate a high school classmate,'' she said.

  • Olympic women's boxing tournament could be platform to pros

    July 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Many of the 40 men leaving Rio de Janeiro with Olympic boxing medals around their necks in three weeks will have their pick of professional promoters eager to reward them with riches and fame.For the 12 women who claim medals in the second Olympic women's boxing tournament, the pro options still aren't glittery.

  • Olympians make sure to bring special items to Rio

    July 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Long before the Olympics, Kami Craig was just another homesick kid at her first travel water polo tournament. She called her mom, Dale, and mothers being who they are, she drove from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to see her little girl.She brought along a bag of Almond Joys and a little stuffed kitten. Almost 20 years later, the candy is long gone, but Mama Kitty is still going strong.

  • US hoops golden partnership forged by 'lunch-bucket' guys

    July 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Nearly every time coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo stage a reunion in their hometown, there's plenty of backslapping, a trophy gleaming in the background and the only thing they have to protect is their cocktails. This time around, it's about safeguarding the Olympic legacy the two built over more than a decade.

  • Rio readies for worst as terror threat hangs over Olympics

    July 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world's media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it's the Olympics.In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combatting terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. Plans include doubling the number of security forces on the streets, erecting more checkpoints and working closer with foreign intelligence agencies than Brazilians did in the 2014 World Cup.

  • Olympic organizers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village

    July 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Water and gas leaks, blocked toilets, and electrical faults that have slowed teams from moving into the Athletes Village may have been caused by a few cases of sabotage, according to Rio Olympic organizers.''We are considering isolated cases, but we haven't seen enough to say it was an organized sabotage thing,'' Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said Thursday. He said the most likely cause was what he called ''organizational problems.''

  • The Latest: Man suspected of terrorism links arrested

    July 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:55 p.m.Brazilian federal police say they've arrested a 28-year-old Brazilian-Lebanese man suspected of ties to terrorism.The attorney for Chaer Kalaun told journalists at Rio de Janeiro police headquarters that his client only posted messages on social media and never intended to attack the Olympics that start Aug. 5. Police didn't describe possible charges.

  • The Latest: Cycling body approves 11 Russians, 6 to miss out

    July 28, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:25 p.m.Cycling's governing body has approved 11 Russians for the Olympics, but three other Russian riders have not been cleared to compete and a further three have been withdrawn by their country's Olympic committee.

  • The Latest: Protest against cost of games hits torch relay

    July 28, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:05 p.m.Demonstrators protesting against the money spent on the Olympics have clashed with police and forced the cancellation of part of the torch relay celebrations in a southeastern Brazilian city.

  • The Latest: Russia's depleted Olympic team heads for Rio

    July 28, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):12:45 p.m.A depleted Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the country's doping scandal.Team members left on a charter flight from Moscow's Sheremetevo airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

  • US sailors look for redemption in Rio after London flop

    July 28, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) They've had their shots, have an all-star coaching staff and are probably as acclimated to Rio de Janeiro's tricky conditions and foul water as sailors from any other country.They'll be using Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain as reference points as they sail just off Rio's famous party beaches, Copacabana and Flamengo.

  • Africa's best Olympian dives in for the last time

    July 28, 2016

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) The African with the most Olympic medals is one of the great distance runners from Kenya or Ethiopia, right?Nope.It's a swimmer from Zimbabwe.Like Michael Phelps, Kirsty Coventry is going to the Olympics for the fifth and final time, and she's swimming for one more little slice of history in the Rio de Janeiro pool.

  • Russia's depleted Olympic team heads for Rio de Janeiro

    July 28, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) A depleted Russian team departed for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, missing dozens of athletes who were excluded amid the country's doping scandal.Team members left on a charter flight from Moscow's Sheremetevo airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

  • The Latest: Bolt, "the main man" touches down in Rio

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):11:00 p.m.Usain Bolt has touched down in Rio de Janeiro, ready to fine-tune his preparations for another bid at an Olympic double in the 100- and 200-meter sprints.The 29-year-old Jamaican has won six Olympic gold medals - the 100, 200 and sprint relays at Beijing in 2008 and at London in 2012 - and is the undisputed star of track and field.

  • Charles and Moore help US women's hoops beat France 84-62

    July 27, 2016

    NEWARK, Del. (AP) Elena Delle Donne had dreamed of playing basketball in the Olympics since she was little.She'll get her chance next week as a member of the U.S. women's team. Before heading to Rio, Delle Donne got an opportunity to celebrate at home in Delaware with a lot of the fans who have been watching her play since she was in eighth grade.

  • Switzerland's Belinda Bencic says she is out of Rio Olympics

    July 28, 2016

    Top-20 player Belinda Bencic says on Twitter that she is pulling out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, another blow to a Swiss tennis team that lost Roger Federer this week, too.Bencic, who is No. 16 in the WTA rankings, says Wednesday that she is ''not completely ready'' to compete at the Summer Games, although her injured left wrist has healed.

  • Anderson Varejao to miss Olympics with back injury

    July 28, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.

  • The Latest: Patriots' Ebner on leave for Olympic rugby

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5:42 p.m.When the New England Patriots reported for training camp on Wednesday, Nate Ebner wasn't with them.The special teams player has taken a leave of absence to play for the U.S. Olympic rugby team.

  • US Olympic boxer Shields stronger after conflict with coach

    July 27, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Claressa Shields won a gold medal as the most dominant fighter in London at the first Olympic women's boxing tournament. After reigning atop the amateur sport for the ensuing three years, the ferocious American middleweight was favored to win gold again in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Olympic Channel to launch on Aug. 21 after Rio closing

    July 28, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The IOC will launch its new Olympic Channel next month following the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games.The digital channel, which will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, will go live on Sunday, Aug. 21, right after the ceremony, the International Olympic Committee announced Wednesday.

  • The Latest: IOC's new Olympic channel starts Aug. 21

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5 p.m.The IOC's new Olympic Channel will be launched next month following the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games.The International Olympic Committee says the digital channel will go live on Sunday, Aug. 21.

  • The Latest: 3 Russian table tennis players cleared for Games

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):4:45 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation has cleared the three Russian table tennis players who qualified for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to compete.In a news release issued on Wednesday, the ITTF said its investigation included individual tests outside the Russian anti-doping system. Also, the ITTF said the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed none of the qualified players were implicated in the McLaren report.

  • Usain Bolt's mom says key to keeping him calm is laughter

    July 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) How does the mom of Usain Bolt help the world's fastest man keep his cool?''We say things that will make him laugh,'' said Jennifer Bolt as her sprinter star offspring faces down what just may be his last Olympics.At nearly 30, Bolt has six Olympic gold medals from the Beijing and London Olympics. Though he withdrew July 1 from Jamaica's national meet with a slight tear in his left hamstring, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter dash proved his fitness July 22 in the 200 at the London Anniversary Games and deemed himself good to go for Rio.

  • Diplomat incident avoided: Aussies get rooms at Rio Olympics

    July 27, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A near-diplomatic incident - as Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes termed it - came to an end on Wednesday ahead of the Olympics.The Australian delegation gave the mayor a tiny ''boxing kangaroo'' doll as the sign of a truce. It also said it's now happy with its rooms at Rio's Olympic Athletes Village.

  • 3 Russian medalists among 11 positives in 2012 Games retests

    July 27, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Eleven weightlifters, including three Russian medalists, have tested positive for banned drugs in the latest retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics, the International Weightlifting Federation said Wednesday.The IWF said in a statement that all 11 athletes, six of whom were medalists, had been provisionally suspended until their cases are closed.

  • USA Cycling at crossroads as Rio Olympics approaches

    July 27, 2016

    Kristin Armstrong could win her third straight Olympic gold medal in Rio. The women's pursuit team is favored to capture gold. Several Americans could land on the BMX podium.Will anybody in the U.S. notice? Or even care?That is perhaps the biggest challenge facing USA Cycling as the Rio Games arrive. One of the nation's most popular participatory sports is dealing with aging athletes, declining membership and a vast disconnect between amateur riders and their elite counterparts.

  • The Latest: 11 more doping cases from 2012 weightlifting

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):2:30 p.m.The International Weightlifting Federation says 11 more weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

  • 4 Russians among 11 positives from London 2012 retests

    July 27, 2016

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The International Weightlifting Federation says 11 more weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.The IWF said Wednesday in a statement that all 11 athletes, who include four Russians, have been provisionally suspended until their cases are closed.

  • The Latest: Brazil's suspended president to miss opening

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:30 p.m.Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff says she'll skip the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games on Aug. 5.In a series of messages on Twitter, Rousseff says she'll miss the event at which she was once expected to have a leading role.

  • The Latest: Taekwondo competitors to have color on uniforms

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):11:40 a.m.In an innovative move that may not please purists of taekwondo, the sport's governing body will allow competitors to wear color on their uniforms at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Olympics will showcase Brazil's diversity - and tensions

    July 27, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rafaela Silva hoped to get an Olympic gold medal four years ago in London. Instead she got racial abuse.Disqualified in her Olympic judo match and eliminated from the chance of winning a medal, Brazil's Silva thought she'd find refuge in sympathetic text messages from fans in her country.

  • Putin slams discrimination as banned athletes join send-off

    July 27, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at ''discrimination'' against the country's banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team.Fencers, triathletes and table tennis players became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics by the governing bodies of their sports ahead of the Moscow ceremony, but the IAAF rejected a bid by the bulk of the track and field team to be reinstated.

  • The Latest: Isinbayeva makes emotional address to athletes

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):9:50 a.m.Fighting back tears, two-time Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva tells Russian athletes going to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to defend the country's honor.

  • The Latest: Putin talks of 'discrimination' against athletes

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):9:30 a.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Russian track and field athletes are victims of ''discrimination'' that the country is ''not going to put up with.''Putin was addressing athletes at the Kremlin before the Russian Olympic team was due to fly out to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday, while dozens of the track and field athletes who are not eligible to compete in the Rio Games also attended.

  • The Latest: Depleted Russian Olympic team gets Rio send-off

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:35 a.m.The depleted Russian Olympic team, including some track and field athletes barred from competing, is taking part in a send-off ceremony in Moscow before flying out to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday.

  • The Latest: IAAF rebuffs Russia's bid to overturn track ban

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:20 a.m.The IAAF has rebuffed Russia's latest bid to overturn the ban on most of its track and field team competing at the Olympics.The Court of Arbitration for Sport last week rejected the appeal by Russian track and field athletes against the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

  • Russia's fencing team cleared to compete at Rio Olympics

    July 27, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Russian fencers has been cleared to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the sport's governing body found no grounds to exclude any of the team for doping.The International Fencing Federation announcement was positive news for Russia, which has seen at least 105 athletes from its 387-strong Olympic team banned so far over the country's doping scandal.

  • Tokyo organizers face more cost increases for 2020 Olympics

    July 27, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) While Rio Olympic organizers are under immense pressure to finish preparations before Aug. 5, their Tokyo counterparts are already facing skyrocketing costs for an event four years away.Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori acknowledged at an executive board meeting this week the cost of building seven temporary venues for the Olympics has surged to an estimated .6 billion, up from an initial estimate of 0 million.

  • Sonny Bill Williams targets an Olympic gold for New Zealand

    July 27, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports.When he competes in rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next month it's likely his light, which shines brightly in New Zealand, will be eclipsed by stars in sports with a bigger international reach.

  • After the sprinters, Jamaica seeking track and field depth

    July 27, 2016

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) The most dominant runner at Jamaica's national track and field championships this summer was not a superstar sprinter like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Veronica Campbell-Brown.It was Kemoy Campbell.Meet the best distance runner in Jamaica - yet unlike Bolt, Blake and the sprint stars, he's far from being a favorite for a medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer. Campbell literally lapped the field at the national championships, winning the 5,000-meter run by 2 minutes over the second-place finisher. That's an absurd margin for a big-time race, one that basically equates to someone prevailing in a 100-meter dash by 2 1/2 seconds.

  • Eight's just enough for Aussie rowers as they head to Rio

    July 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Better late than never for the Australian women's eights rowing team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even if they'll have to borrow a boat and oars.The Australian women's crew had disbanded after failing to qualify when a third placing at a regatta in Switzerland in late May left the team as first reserves for Rio.

  • Kevin Durant shines in first game at new home arena

    July 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oh yeah, Kevin Durant fully planned on putting up the initial shot for the U.S. as he played his first game at Oracle Arena since joining the Golden State Warriors.Kyrie Irving promised to get the ball in his hands to do so, too.

  • Kevin Durant shines in first game at new home arena, Oracle

    July 27, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cheered all night long by his basketball-crazed new fan base, Kevin Durant knocked down a 3-pointer on the Americans' first touch and slammed home a dunk the very next time down the floor.Then, another pretty one-handed jam just a few minutes after that.

  • UN secretary-general calls for truce during Rio Olympics

    July 26, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an Olympic truce and urging all warring parties to lay down their weapons and put aside difference during the upcoming summer games in Rio de Janeiro.The U.N. chief said in a video posted on Twitter Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations work closely together ''for global harmony and peace.''

  • The Latest: UN calls for Olympic Truce during Rio Games

    July 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:45 p.m.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for the Olympic Truce to be upheld during the Rio de Janeiro Games from Aug. 5-21.Ban, calling on all Olympic athletes and officials to ''work closely for global harmony and peace,'' said in a video news release on Tuesday that ''in that spirit, we proclaim the Olympic Truce and we call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and put aside their differences during the games.''

  • The Latest: Brazil soccer star Neymar regrets village woes

    July 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:25 p.m.Brazilian soccer star Neymar says the problems at the athletes' village could harm the preparations of some Olympic competitors at the Rio Games.''If this is all true, we have to lament it. We had so much time to get everything ready, but some things didn't work out,'' he said as Brazil's men's team prepares for the Olympic tournament.

  • The Latest: CAS opens 2 offices in Rio

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---7:10 p.m.The Court of Arbitration for Sport has opened two temporary offices in Rio de Janeiro to handle doping cases at the games.Usually used as a higher court after an initial sanction of an athlete, CAS says ''for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games'' it will be used as ''a first-instance authority.''

  • Australians move into Rio Olympic village - a few days late

    July 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two days after describing the housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as ''dangerous,'' Australian athletes and staff started moving into the massive athletes' village compound on Tuesday.Australia team spokesman Mike Tancred said up to 60 delegation members - evenly split between athletes and staff - were checking in.

  • The Latest: Rowing Australia pleased by decision

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---6:35 p.m.Rowing Australia has welcomed the decision by FISA, rowing's ruling body, to award its women's eight team a place at the Rio Games, after deciding that the Russian team was ineligible.

  • Aussies moving into Rio Olympic village - a few days late

    July 26, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Two days after describing the housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as ''dangerous,'' Australian athletes and staff started moving into the massive athletes' village compound on Tuesday.Australia team spokesman Mike Tancred says up to 60 delegation members - evenly split between athletes and staff - were checking in.

  • The Latest: Brazil's goalkeeper injured ahead of games

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5:40 p.m.Brazil's starting goalkeeper for the men's soccer tournament has injured his right elbow and could miss the team's final warmup match ahead of the Rio Games.Fernando Prass did not practice on Tuesday after complaining of pain in his elbow and it remains unclear whether he will be fit to play the friendly against Japan on Saturday. The 38-year-old Palmeiras player will be re-evaluated daily.

  • Federer to miss rest of season, including Olympics, US Open

    July 26, 2016

    Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs ''more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.''

  • US women's hoops team wraps up 3 exhibitions at Garden

    July 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The U.S. women's basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden.The Americans will face France on Wednesday at the University of Delaware, play Canada on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and host Australia on Sunday in New York before heading to the Rio Olympics.

  • Olympic boxers to fight without headgear, worry about cuts

    July 26, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Although Antonio Vargas still thinks about the cut that nearly ended his Olympic dream, his unprotected head will be clear when he steps into the ring in Rio de Janeiro.Vargas grew up sparring and competing in protective headgear, so he had never been cut in a fight before his face split open in that bloody loss at the U.S. Olympic team trials seven months ago. The gifted flyweight from Florida had to fight his way back through the challengers' bracket, surviving to earn a spot on the team.

  • Roger Federer says he is out of Rio Olympics, done for year

    July 26, 2016

    Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs ''more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.''

  • At least 105 Russian athletes banned so far

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal.International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold medalist. Rowing added 19 more athletes to three that had previously been announced. Swimming has also barred some athletes. Some appeals are likely.

  • Injury anxieties grow but Bolt says 'sport needs me to win'

    July 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence.It's what is expected from the world's fastest man and greatest showman.''I know the sport needs me to win - and come out on top,'' Bolt asserts, assessing the damage caused by the Russian doping scandal that has divided sports leaders.

  • Roger Federer says he is out for Olympics, done for year

    July 26, 2016

    Roger Federer says he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the tennis season to protect his surgically repaired left knee.Federer writes Tuesday on his Facebook page that he will skip the Summer Games, where the tennis competition starts next week, and has been advised by doctors to remain sidelined for the remainder of 2016.

  • The Latest: 22 Russian rowers rejected for Olympics

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):2:50 p.m.The world's rowing federation has rejected 22 of the 28 rowers that Russia entered into the Olympics.In an announcement Tuesday, the federation said none of the 28 rowers have tested positive in the last five years.

  • The Latest: Russian sailor excluded from Rio team

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):1:45 p.m.World Sailing says a Russian sailor has been excluded from the Rio Olympics because his name was implicated in an alleged doping cover-up scheme.Pavel Sozykin, who was due to compete in the 470 class, was named in a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren as an alleged beneficiary of the cover-up scheme, World Sailing said.

  • Injury anxieties grow but Bolt says "sport needs me to win"

    July 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence.It's what is expected from the world's fastest man and greatest showman.''I know the sport needs me to win - and come out on top,'' Bolt asserts, assessing the damage caused by the Russian doping scandal that has divided sports leaders.

  • The Latest: Judo federation approves Russia team for Rio

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):The International Judo Federation says it has approved Russia's judo team to compete at the Olympics.Federations are required to examine the drug-testing history of Russian Olympic athletes, and to check if they were implicated in the alleged doping cover-up involving government officials.

  • The Latest: Summer Olympic sports see 'politics' in report

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):12:45 p.m.The umbrella body for summer Olympic sports says the Russian doping scandals have been misused for ''media exposure and political influence'' at the expense of the Rio Games.

  • At least 85 Russians barred from Rio Olympics over doping

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) At least 85 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have so far been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal.International federations in canoeing and modern pentathlon ruled out seven on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold medalist, following earlier rulings in swimming and rowing. Some appeals are likely.

  • The Latest: USOC leader says athletes must be protected

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---10:55 a.m.The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the IOC's concerns about individual justice are well-founded but must be applied to benefit athletes who compete against state-sponsored doping systems.

  • The Latest: Shooting federation clears Russian team for Rio

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---10:15 a.m.The International Shooting Sport Federation has cleared all 18 members of the Russian team to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The ISSF says none of the 18 previously served doping bans and none were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's recent report into alleged Russian doping cover-ups.

  • The Latest: Two Russian athletes barred in modern pentathlon

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---10 a.m.Two Russian modern pentathlon athletes have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being implicated in an alleged doping cover-up.The International Modern Pentathlon Union says that Maxim Kustov and Ilya Frolov were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week as having allegedly had positive tests covered up by Russian authorities.

  • The Latest: WADA warns about level of insufficient testing

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---9 a.m.Heading into the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the World Anti-Doping Agency has warned there is insufficient drug testing in a number of ex-Soviet countries with some of the world's worst doping records.

  • 5 Russian canoeists, including Olympic champ, get Rio bans

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko and four other Russian canoeists have been barred from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being named in a recent report alleging a state-sponsored doping cover-up.The International Canoe Federation said Tuesday that the five were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week, which specifically detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests.

  • Rio Olympic village unsanitary, says Belarus team

    July 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns.It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage system.

  • Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping

    July 26, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) Two Indian competitors have proclaimed their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was to represent India in the 74-kilogram category at the Olympics, said his food supplements were spiked, causing the positive test.

  • Inept but not corrupt: Kenya's doping mess explained

    July 26, 2016

    Never before have Kenya's fabulously successful runners gone to the Olympics in such a negative light.Kenya has a doping problem, no doubt, but seemingly not on the same scale as Russia . There's no indication that the East African country has a state-sponsored conspiracy to hide cheating.

  • US Olympic women hold off select team 88-84

    July 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Maya Moore hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds to help the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team survive a stiff test from a U.S. select team with an 88-84 victory on Monday night.After trailing for most of the first half and building a 12-point lead in the third quarter, the select group rallied.

  • 24 Olympians to follow on social media ahead of Rio

    July 25, 2016

    With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just around the corner, athletes from all over the world will come together with the same goal: to win.But what good is winning without being able to share it -- and the events leading up to it-- with the billions of people who watch the Olympics?

  • Carmelo Anthony gathers athletes, cops, kids in conversation

    July 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Carmelo Anthony spent the U.S. Olympic basketball team's precious day off running a two-hour town hall meeting at a South Los Angeles youth center because he can't sleep anymore.With only a few spare hours Monday before jetting off to continue the Americans' pre-Olympic tour, Anthony gathered basketball stars, community leaders and police officers to speak with teenagers and young adults about the importance of respect, communication and safety. Roughly 200 people came together for the meeting, and Anthony believes everyone left with something to contemplate.

  • The Latest: Wrestling works to validate Russian athletes

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:35 p.m.Wrestling's international federation is working to validate the eligibility of the Russian wrestlers who've qualified for the Rio Olympics.United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic announced the newly implemented process on Monday. He also noted that the World-Anti Doping Agency has already tested each Russian wrestler at accredited laboratories - with some of those athletes having passed as many as four tests.

  • The Latest: Whistleblower appeals ban from Olympics

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:47 p.m.Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is appealing her ban from the Olympics, saying it was based on incorrect information and dubious legal grounds.Stepanova sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee contending she never said she wouldn't compete for the Russian team, as the IOC stated. The IOC would not make any exception for her to compete under a neutral flag.

  • The Latest: Cyclist Nairo Quintana drops out of Rio Games

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:42 p.m.Tour de France stage winner Jarlinson Pantano will replace Nairo Quintana at the Rio Olympics after the Colombian climbing star complained of an illness that affected his Grand Tour performance.

  • Doping whistleblower appeals to IOC, says decision flawed

    July 25, 2016

    Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not.''It's OK to lose a good fight,'' Stepanova's husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday.They have appealed to the International Olympic Committee to reverse its decision, handed down Sunday, that denies Stepanova a chance at competing in the Rio Games, which begin Aug. 5. The decision, the Stepanovs claim, is based on incorrect information, including the IOC's framing of Stepanova's decision to become a whistleblower as a too-little-too-late desperation play made after the Russian team had cast her aside.

  • 25 Olympians to follow on social media ahead of Rio

    July 25, 2016

    With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just around the corner, athletes from all over the world will come together with the same goal: to win.But what good is winning without being able to share it -- and the events leading up to it-- with the billions of people who watch the Olympics?

  • Despite delays, Australians ready to move to Rio village

    July 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Despite a delay of several days, the head of the Australian delegation said she expects her 700 athletes and officials to move into housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Wednesday.Australia refused to check in at the Athletes Village when it officially opened on Sunday, complaining about water leaks, gas leaks, electrical faults and filth that delegation head Kitty Chiller said "endangered" athletes.

  • Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terrorism case

    July 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro.The Federal Police said in a statement late Sunday that the man was caught in the city of Comodoro, in the central west region of Brazil.

  • The Latest: Weightlifting wants 'clarification' on IOC rules

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):4:20 p.m.The International Weightlifting Federation is seeking ''further clarification'' from the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency before making a decision on which Russian athletes can be cleared to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Not everyone upset about Olympic housing

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):3:15 p.m.Not everyone is upset with Olympic housing.The South African Olympic team says it is happy with its accommodations in Rio de Janeiro, calling the apartments ''excellent.''The South African Olympic committee says its athletes have everything they need and ''have been lucky.''

  • Karolyis' Texas ranch flips to USA Gymnastics after Rio

    July 25, 2016

    The face at the top of U.S. women's gymnastics will change next month when longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi retires following the Summer Olympics.The address that doubles as the program's heartbeat will not.USA Gymnastics has reached an agreement with Karolyi and husband Bela to purchase the training facility the couple owns in Huntsville, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a closing date of Aug. 24 has been set, just three days after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro and five days before Martha Karolyi's 74th birthday.

  • The Latest: Dick Pound calls IOC decision a 'cop-out'

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janiero):2:14 p.m.Former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound believes it was a ''cop-out'' by the IOC to leave the decision on participation of Russian athletes at the Rio Games to the global sports federations.

  • The Latest: Russian rowers plan to appeal Rio decision

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janiero):2:07 p.m.The head of the Russian Rowing Federation says two of his athletes are planning to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after new International Olympic Committee rules barred them from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • 7 Russian swimmers to miss Rio Olympics over doping

    July 25, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday.Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said. The others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.

  • The Latest: Swimming will retest samples from worlds

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janiero):12:13 p.m.Swimming's global governing body FINA says it will retest doping samples from all Russians who competed at last year's world aquatics championships in Russia.The championships were held in the Russian city of Kazan at a time when World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren has accused Russian government officials of overseeing a mass doping cover-up of failed drug tests by Russians.

  • The Latest: Swimming says 7 Russians can't compete in Rio

    July 25, 2016

    The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janiero):11:54 a.m.Swimming governing body FINA has ruled seven Russian swimmers ineligible to compete at the Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities.

  • Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia's problems

    July 25, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.Countries like Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine punch above their weight in the Olympic medal table, but their high rates of performance enhancing drug use, flawed testing systems and records of political interference in sport are a cause for concern.

  • Russia says at least 8 athletes to miss Rio under IOC rule

    July 25, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) At least eight Russian athletes are set to miss next month's games in Rio de Janeiro under new IOC rules prohibiting former dopers from competing, Russia's top Olympic official said.Alexander Zhukov had said earlier that only eight athletes would be affected, but acknowledged after a meeting of his Russian Olympic Committee that the number would rise.

  • Karolyis' Texas ranch flips to USA Gymnastics after Rio

    July 25, 2016

    The face at the top of U.S. women's gymnastics will change next month when longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi retires following the Summer Olympics.The address that doubles as the program's heartbeat will not.USA Gymnastics has reached an agreement with Karolyi and husband Bela to purchase the training facility the couple owns in Huntsville, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a closing date of Aug. 24 has been set, just three days after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro and five days before Martha Karolyi's 74th birthday.

  • USA Gymnastics agrees to buy Karolyis' Texas ranch

    July 25, 2016

    The face at the top of U.S. women's gymnastics will change next month when longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi retires following the Summer Olympics.The address that doubles as the program's heartbeat will not.USA Gymnastics has reached an agreement with Karolyi and her husband, Bela, to purchase the training facility the couple owns in Huntsville, Texas.

  • Brazil police arrest last suspect in Olympics terror case

    July 25, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Police arrested the last suspect sought in the case of a group of Islamic State sympathizers who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Federal Police said in a statement late Sunday that the man was caught in the city of Comodoro, in the central west region of Brazil.

  • Archery federation approves 3 Russian athletes for Rio Games

    July 25, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The international archery federation has approved the entry of three Russian archers for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after determining they have no links to doping.World Archery made the announcement Monday, a day after the IOC decided against imposing a total ban on Russian athletes and authorized individual sports federations to decide on the entry of Russians on a case-by-case basis. It will submit its decision to the IOC.

  • Japanese Buddhist priest contemplates canoe gold in Rio

    July 25, 2016

    NAGANO, Japan (AP) When he's not chanting and living the austere life of a Buddhist priest, Kazuki Yazawa contemplates Olympic gold.The 27-year-old Yazawa will represent Japan in canoe slalom at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he hopes to use his mental toughness and skill to bring home a medal.

  • Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA

    July 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Even in a jersey with ''USA'' on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night.He'll probably need to get used to that sound in this building for the rest of his basketball career.When he suits up in Oakland on Tuesday for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors, he'll get another reception entirely.

  • Brandi Chastain: On headers, concussions, soccer wages

    July 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Brandi Chastain is confident the U.S. women's soccer team can win the gold medal again in Rio, is advocating for fewer headers in youth games and dealing with her son's diagnosis of Crohn's disease.It's been 17 years since Chastain's winning kick in a penalty shootout against China in the Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl, and the celebratory photo of her overhead jersey twirl landed on magazine covers.

  • Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China

    July 24, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Just two games into the U.S. basketball team's pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big.Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.

  • Column: IOC bows to Putin and Russian dopers

    July 24, 2016

    Once again, the people who run the Olympics just can't say no to Vladimir Putin.Not when he spends more than billion to host a winter Olympics to show off a resurgent Russia. Not when he talks darkly about returning to the days of Olympic boycotts in 1980 and 1984.

  • The Latest: IOC VP: ruling was 'justice for clean athletes'

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):00:55 a.m.International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates says the IOC's decision not to ban all Russian athletes from the Rio Games reflected the need to be fair to athletes who hadn't turned to doping.

  • The Latest: Anti-doping agency concerned over whistleblower

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):00:45 a.m.The World Anti-Doping Agency is concerned that Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova won't be allowed to compete in Rio de Janeiro after ''courageously exposing the single biggest doping scandal of all time.''

  • The Latest: World Anti-Doping Agency 'disappointed' by IOC

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):00:40 a.m.The World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed that Olympics leaders have rejected their plea to ban Russia from the Rio Games.

  • Aussies won't move to Rio village yet; power, plumbing fears

    July 24, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Australia's Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation's 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Anti-doping agencies criticize IOC over Russia

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):10:50 p.m.The umbrella organization representing national anti-doping agencies is disappointed that Olympic leaders did not ban Russia completely from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Russia set to send equestrian team to Rio

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):10:45 p.m.Russia looks set to send a five-rider team to equestrian events at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.International Equestrian Federation President Ingmar De Vos says ''there is no indication of any organized doping malpractices within the Russian equestrian delegation.''

  • The Latest: Marathon record holder criticizes IOC decision

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):10:15 p.m.World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has accused Olympic leaders of weakness in the fight against doping and not doing enough to protect clean athletes.

  • The Latest: New Zealand anti-doping chief slams IOC decision

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):10:10 p.m.The leader of New Zealand's anti-doping movement says the IOC's decision not to impose a total ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Games shows ''a lack of will to back the core principles of their organization with hard decisions.''

  • Analysis: Russia stays, and clean athletes scratch heads

    July 24, 2016

    If this turns out to be Thomas Bach's defining moment, here's what the leader of the International Olympic Committee will be remembered for: keeping Russia as part of the club, but losing the trust of thousands of athletes who thought that, maybe this year, they'd get the answers they've been looking for.

  • The Latest: Cycling backs IOC ruling not to ban all Russians

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):9:45 p.m.The head of cycling's ruling body, Brian Cookson, welcomed the IOC's decision to reject a blanket ban on the Russian team.

  • Quotebox: Reaction to Olympic ruling not to ban Russia

    July 24, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The International Olympic Committee has opted against imposing a blanket ban on the Russian team for next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.Meeting after World Anti-Doping Agency reports alleged widespread doping and state-backed cover-ups of failed drug tests by Russians, the IOC ruled that a ban across all sports would unjustly punish clean athletes in Russia.

  • The Latest: Judo federation gives anti-doping details

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):8:45 p.m.The International Judo Federation, whose honorary president is Russia's President Vladimir Putin, has detailed its anti-doping testing before the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: World tennis body expects Russia's team in Rio

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):7:45 p.m.The International Tennis Federation says it expects Russia's eight-player Olympic tennis team to compete at the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: National Olympic Committees back IOC ruling

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):7:20 p.m.The body representing the 204 national Olympic committees has welcomed the IOC's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russians from the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Isinbayeva welcomes Rio ban on Stepanova

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):7:05 p.m.Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to bar a renowned Russian doping whistleblower from competing at the games.

  • The Latest: Russia's Olympic head had warned IOC over ban

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):6:45 p.m.Before the IOC made its ruling, Russia's top Olympic official had warned the International Olympic Committee that its members would be bowing to ''geopolitical pressure'' if they banned Russia from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Russia won't appeal against Rio ban on dopers

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):6:10 p.m.Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov says it will not appeal against an IOC rule to bar Russian athletes who previously served doping bans from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • The Latest: Russia to miss several top athletes at Rio Games

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):6:05 p.m.Russia is likely to be without some of its top athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro thanks to an International Olympic Committee rule prohibiting former dopers from competing.

  • The Latest: Tygart assails IOC for lack of leadership

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):5:45 p.m.The leader of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says the IOC refused to take decisive leadership by stopping short of a complete Russian ban at the Olympics.

  • Australia team won't move into 'unfinished' Athletes Village

    July 24, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Australian athletes will not move into their rooms at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics until serious plumbing, electrical and cleaning problems are fixed, with the troubled South American games opening in under two weeks.Kitty Chiller, the head of the Australian delegation, said in a statement Sunday that team members ''will not move into our allocated building'' at the Athletes Village. She gave no hint of when they might. Teams from Britain and New Zealand were also reported to be having similar problems.

  • The Latest: IOC president defends Russia decision

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):---5:20 p.m.IOC President Thomas Bach has defended the decision not to ban all Russians from the Olympics by insisting clean athletes should not be punished.

  • The Latest: Minister says 'majority' of Russia team complies

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):---5 p.m.The Russian Sports Minister says that ''the majority'' of Russia's team complies with International Olympic Committee criteria on doping and will be able to compete in Rio.

  • IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual global sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month's Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Rio Olympics: Leaks, electrical outages as teams arrive

    July 24, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Thousands of athletes arriving for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could find major plumbing and electrical problems in their rooms at the Athletes Village with the games opening in just under two weeks.The International Olympic Committee and local organizers held emergency talks Sunday just hours before the sprawling Athletes Village was set to open officially. The 31-building village will house 18,000 athletes and officials at the height of the games.

  • The Latest: IOC decides against full ban on Russian athletes

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):---3:55 p.m.The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports.

  • The Latest: World's media awaits IOC verdict on Russia ban

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):---2:20 p.m.Several Russian TV networks are joined by news crews for broadcasters from around the globe awaiting the IOC decision.

  • The Latest: Russia awaits IOC verdict on total Olympics ban

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):---12:59 p.m.Russia is waiting to find out whether its entire team will be excluded from next month's Olympics over the country's doping scandal.

  • IOC leaders meet to consider Olympic ban on Russia

    July 24, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Olympic leaders are meeting to consider whether to impose a total ban on Russian athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games because of state-sponsored doping.The International Olympic Committee's ruling executive board is meeting Sunday via teleconference to decide on sanctions following new allegations of a government-backed doping program involving Russian athletes in summer and winter sports.

  • Ceremony marks 4 years to go before Tokyo hosts Olympics

    July 24, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Organizers held a ceremony on Sunday to mark four years to go before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.A group of Japanese school children helped put the finishing touches on a giant globe made out of 2,020 origami paper cranes in the ceremony held at Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

  • Ready or Not: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village

    July 23, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors.The Games begin in just over two weeks, but the Athletes Village opens officially on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout, with the pace picking up daily until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

  • Read or Not: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village

    July 23, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors.The Games begin in just over two weeks, but the Athletes Village opens officially on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout, with the pace picking up daily until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

  • US sending record number of women to Rio Games

    July 23, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The United States is sending 292 women to the Summer Olympics- the most women who have ever competed at an Olympics for a single country.The U.S. Olympic Committee officially announced its 555-person team Saturday. Three members of the team are making their sixth Olympics: equestrian Phillip Dutton and shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode. There are seven athletes making their fifth Olympics, including Michael Phelps, Bernard Lagat, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Venus Williams.

  • With a 3rd Tour title coming up, Froome turns focus to Rio

    July 23, 2016

    MORZINE, France (AP) Don't expect Chris Froome to indulge in big celebrations on the Champs Elysees. After effectively securing a third Tour de France title on Saturday, the Kenyan-born British rider has already turned his focus to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Brazil police arrest man suspected of Olympics attack plans

    July 23, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Authorities have arrested another man suspected of belonging to a group that allegedly discussed carrying out attacks during the Olympics, Brazilian police said Saturday.The Federal Police Department said in a brief statement posted on its website that the man turned himself in Friday night in the central-western state of Mato Grosso. No further details were provided.

  • Farah dominant, Fraser-Pryce sluggish in final pre-Rio races

    July 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Mo Farah cruised to victory in the 5,000 meters and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fell short in a sluggish sprint on Saturday in contrasting fortunes for the Olympic champions in their final races before heading to Rio de Janeiro.Back on the London track where he became a double Olympic champion four years ago, Farah dominated the field to finish 15 seconds ahead of fellow Briton Andrew Butchart.

  • Cousins looks to make most of chance with US basketball team

    July 23, 2016

    DeMarcus Cousins considers the thought, and one of the NBA's most recognizable scowls quickly turns into a bright smile.Without saying a word, it's clear he agrees: For the first time under Mike Krzyzewski, the U.S. Olympic basketball team has a genuine offensive weapon in the middle.

  • Decision time: IOC poised to rule on Russia's status for Rio

    July 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.With the credibility of the fight against doping on the line and the image of the Olympic movement at stake, the IOC will hold a crucial meeting Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating.

  • Foreign athletes use Brazilian connections to make it to Rio

    July 24, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Rugby player Isadora Cerullo never lived in Brazil. Fencer Ghislain Perrier speaks very little Portuguese. Golfer Miriam Nagl played abroad most of her life.They'll still be parading under the host nation's flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games come Aug. 5.

  • US women cruise past Costa Rica 4-0 in Olympics send-off

    July 22, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Crystal Dunn scored in the 15th minute and Carli Lloyd had her 88th career goal to help the United States women's team beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday night in its final game before the Rio Olympics next month.Mallory Pugh and Christen Press also scored. The U.S. will face New Zealand on Aug. 3 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  • Olympic weightlifter Morghan King rose quickly to the top

    July 22, 2016

    Morghan King was interning as a graphic designer and working at an organic breakfast restaurant in Seattle when she put ''real life'' on hold to become a weightlifter.Four years later, King is heading to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics. It's been a rapid rise to the top for the 30-year-old strongwoman.

  • Bolt return from injury upstaged by 28-year WR being broken

    July 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Usain Bolt looked in fine shape for the Olympics by winning his last race before Rio de Janeiro on his return from injury.Keni Harrison also looked more than ready for Brazil by breaking a 28-year record in the 100-meters hurdles in London on Friday.

  • Bolt wins on return from injury; Harrison breaks 28-yr WR

    July 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Usain Bolt marked his return from injury by winning the 200 meters at the London Diamond League meet on Friday in his final race before heading to Rio de Janeiro in search of three more Olympic titles.The world's fastest man ran 19.89 seconds at the Olympic Stadium he left with three golds four years ago during the London Games. It was Bolt's first race since pulling out of the Jamaican Olympic trials for Rio earlier this month with a hamstring injury.

  • Kenyan president to Olympic team: 'Show world we are clean'

    July 22, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged his country's Olympic athletes to ''show the world that we are clean and can win clean'' as he gave them a send-off for the Rio Games.Kenyatta made a number of references to doping in his address to the athletes on Friday, with Kenya's distance-running reputation undermined by a series of drug scandals in recent years.

  • Russia slammed by Paralympic leaders, faces Rio doping ban

    July 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Russia faces being kicked out of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in the latest disciplinary action by a sports body infuriated at growing evidence about the country's state-sponsored doping program.The International Paralympic Committee's decision Friday to start suspension proceedings against Russia came two days before IOC leaders decide whether to exclude the country's entire team from the Olympics next month in Brazil.

  • The Greatest: Phelps returns for another Olympic farewell

    July 22, 2016

    Michael Phelps is back for a sequel to his Olympic farewell.This time, he insists, it really is goodbye.After retiring and then un-retiring, Phelps will be in Rio as the first U.S. male swimmer to compete in five Olympics. He is already the most decorated athlete in the history of the games, with 18 golds and 22 medals overall, and at age 31 remains the biggest star in a sport that will also feature teen sensation Katie Ledecky and an increasingly diverse pool of potential champions from around the world.

  • US women hoping to give Karolyi golden sendoff in Rio

    July 22, 2016

    After 40 years helping some of the greatest gymnasts of all time soar to Olympic gold - from Nadia Comaneci to Mary Lou Retton to Nastia Liukin - Martha Karolyi is ready to say goodbye. The U.S. women's national team coordinator is retiring after the 2016 Games.

  • Reigning Olympic champ Uchimura eyes breakthrough for Japan

    July 22, 2016

    Kohei Uchimura has nothing left to prove. The only question surrounding the effortlessly elegant 27-year-old is if he is the greatest male gymnast of all time.Another Olympic all-around title to bookend the one the Japanese captured in London four years ago would settle the debate for now and perhaps for good. Yet Uchimura is far less concerned with adding to his ever-growing collection of personal bling - he's won a record six world championships to go with that Olympic gold - and more focused on helping his country return to the top of the podium.

  • US archer takes aim at South Korea's reign in women's event

    July 22, 2016

    The lowdown on American archer Mackenzie Brown: She knits, line dances, used to be a competitive swimmer - backstroke was her specialty - and shoots arrows while listening to country music to hone her concentration.Then there's this: The 21-year-old from Flint, Texas, may just be the archer to interrupt the dominance of South Korea, the nation that's captured seven of the last eight Olympic gold medals in the women's individual event heading into Rio.

  • IOC president has sports, personal links to Russia

    July 22, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The International Olympic Committee is weighing up whether to ban Russia from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro after revelations of a massive doping cover-up, but relations between the two were once much sunnier.When IOC president Thomas Bach was elected in 2013, he was called almost immediately by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country was then gearing up to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Bach, a former fencer from Germany, took the call as his IOC colleagues waited to continue the proceedings.

  • Skateboarding star Tony Hawk: Olympics 'need our excitement'

    July 22, 2016

    Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk thinks his sport will give the Olympics a big lift if it's added to the 2020 Tokyo Games.''There are more participants in skateboarding than most sports so I feel like they (the Olympics) need our credibility and they need our excitement level in their Summer Games,'' Hawk said.

  • Russia rhythmic gymnastics favorites in Rio - if it competes

    July 22, 2016

    Russia is known for its quick tempo and intricate, crowd-pleasing routines in rhythmic gymnastics. Confidence radiates when the Russian women take the floor.And there's a reason.Russia has won the team gold in four consecutive Olympics - in Sydney, in Athens, in Beijing and in London - and now want to make it five straight in Rio. If the team can compete.

  • Dong Dong leads Chinese trampoline favorites in Rio

    July 22, 2016

    The sport of trampoline, first introduced to the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, is all about high-flying exploits.Athletes will launch from the trampoline into the air high as 25 feet above the apparatus and perform twists, tucks and somersaults. They are judged by the time in the air, how difficult their routines are and how well they execute them.

  • Russia criticized by Paralympic leaders, risks Rio ban

    July 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The International Paralympic Committee will decide next month whether to ban Russia from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after opening disciplinary proceedings against the doping-tainted nation.The IPC says ''the current environment in Russian sport - which stems from the highest levels - is such that ... Russia appears unable to fulfil its IPC membership obligations in full.''

  • IOC strips doping weightlifter of 2008 Olympic silver medal

    July 22, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC has disqualified a silver medal-winning Turkish weightlifter from the 2008 Beijing Olympics for doping with an anabolic steroid.The IOC says Sibel Ozkan, who placed second in the women's 48-kilogram class, tested positive for stanozolol in recent re-tests of her urine sample.

  • Russia sets up anti-doping commission after Putin intervenes

    July 22, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Putin's intervention came as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to oppose a blanket ban on the Russian team, saying that a collective sanction was ''unacceptable.''

  • 'No longer sport': Paula Radcliffe wades into Semenya debate

    July 22, 2016

    Marathon world-record holder Paula Radcliffe said Friday that comments she made concerning Caster Semenya have been misrepresented after stating in a radio interview that the South African's current dominance in the 800 meters is ''no longer sport.''

  • How Russia could challenge Olympic bans at CAS and beyond

    July 22, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Much of the intense Olympic action before the Rio de Janeiro Games open in less than two weeks is set to play out in the law courts.For many Russian athletes caught up in a doping scandal, a legal fight - and a race against time to get the verdict they want - is their biggest barrier to competing.

  • Putin calls for creation of new anti-doping commission

    July 22, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin called Friday for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Putin's intervention came as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to oppose a blanket ban on the Russian team, saying that a collective sanction was ''unacceptable.''

  • Putin orders creation of new anti-doping commission

    July 22, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio Olympics.Putin tells a meeting of Russia's cabinet that the commission will provide ''rapid development and tough control for the effective realization of a national plan on the fight against doping.''

  • IOC: 45 more positive cases in retests of 2008, '12 samples

    July 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Forty-five more athletes, including 31 medalists, have been caught for doping after retesting of samples from the last two Summer Olympics, the IOC said Friday.The new cases bring to 98 the total number of athletes who have failed tests so far in the reanalysis of their stored samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games.

  • Scola set to carry flag for Argentina into his 4th Olympics

    July 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Luis Scola thought Argentina's time might have passed.The Golden Generation had grown old, the younger players hadn't grown up enough, and when the Argentines went out weakly two years ago in the Basketball World Cup, Scola considered walking away rather than chase more medals.

  • Golf returns to the Olympics, minus its best players

    July 22, 2016

    A year away from golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, IOC President Thomas Bach said it would be good if the sport had a wide range of players from as many countries as possible competing for medals.And that's what it delivered - 41 countries in the men's and women's competition - an example of golf's global appeal.

  • 'YouTube man' Yego, Kenya's self-taught javelin world champ

    July 22, 2016

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) Julius Yego wanted to be an athlete, only he couldn't run very fast.That can be a significant setback growing up in the highlands of western Kenya, where the best distance runners in the pre-eminent distance-running nation are molded. When it comes to sport, running is just about all that matters in Kenya.

  • Rio security push crumbles as murders, police killings rise

    July 22, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) On the eve of hosting the world's largest sporting event, Rio de Janeiro's decade-long push to curb violence in hundreds of slums appears to be crumbling.Murders rose sharply in the first half of 2016, just as officials wanted to use the Aug. 5-21 Olympic Games to showcase the city as a tourist destination. Shootouts erupt daily, even in Rio slums where community policing programs created to pacify them had successfully rewritten the narrative in recent years.

  • Brazil nabs 10 IS backers in Olympics anti-terror swoop

    July 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Ten Brazilians who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group were arrested Thursday, authorities announced, describing them as ''amateurs'' who discussed on social media the possibility of staging attacks during next month's Olympics.

  • Russians lose track appeal; IOC to weigh total ban for Rio

    July 21, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it's up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days.In another blow to the image of the sports superpower, the highest court in sports on Thursday dismissed an appeal by 68 Russian track athletes of the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of systematic and state-sponsored doping.

  • English campaign for jousting to feature at Olympics

    July 21, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Baseball has a rival for inclusion in the Olympics: Jousting.Ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the English Heritage charity launched a campaign Thursday for the ancient equestrian sport to be included on the program at future editions of the games.

  • The Latest: World Anti-Doping Agency 'satisfied' with ruling

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):2:55 p.m.The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is ''satisfied'' with the court ruling that upholds the ban on Russian track and field athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Franklin, Lochte facing more down time at Rio Games

    July 21, 2016

    Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte will be busy in the pool at the Rio Olympics. Just not as busy as they wanted to be.The two popular stars from the U.S. swimming team four years ago in London have just three individual events between them in Rio, hardly the frenetic schedule they've grown accustomed to over the years.

  • The Latest: Head of world judo condemns call for Russia ban

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):2:40 p.m.The president of the international judo federation has condemned calls for all Russians to be banned from next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, calling for ''friendship instead of examples of Cold War.''

  • Russia's track and field stars angered by Rio Olympics ban

    July 21, 2016

    ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) Russia's top athletes reacted with anger after the news broke Thursday that their track and field team would remain banned from next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Two-time Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, the team's biggest star, wrote on Instagram that without Russia, historically a track superpower, only ''pseudo-gold medals'' would be on offer at a devalued Rio Olympics.

  • IOC acts to protect Olympic athletes from Games-time abuse

    July 21, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The International Olympic Committee says a welfare officer will be assigned to the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro to coordinate any reports of harassment or abuse during the games next month.The IOC says the Rio Games is the first where ''a framework for safeguarding athletes'' will be in place.

  • Marc Gasol to miss Olympics for Spain

    July 21, 2016

    MADRID (AP) The Spanish basketball federation says that center Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after failing to recover from a broken foot in time.The federation says ''Marc Gasol hasn't passed the necessary medical tests'' and will miss the games.

  • The Latest: Germany's sports minister urges 'hard decisions'

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):12:30 p.m.German Sports Minister Thomas de Maiziere says that ''now is the time for hard decisions and not for generosity'' after a ban on Russia's track and field team from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • The Latest: 14 anti-doping agencies seek total ban on Russia

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):12.20 p.m.Leaders from 14 anti-doping agencies across the globe are urging the International Olympic Committee to ban the entire Russian team from the games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Russian athletes back US-based Klishina for Rio

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):11:35 a.m.Russian athletes and officials are supporting long jumper Darya Klishina, who could be their country's only track and field competitor in next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Franklin, Lochte facing more down time at the Rio Games

    July 21, 2016

    Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte will be busy in the pool at the Rio Olympics. Just not as busy as they wanted to be.The two popular stars from the U.S. swimming team four years ago in London have just three individual events between them in Rio, hardly the frenetic schedule they've grown accustomed to over the years.

  • The Latest: Russian panel to study doping report

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):10:28 a.m.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says that a committee will be formed to consider the report produced by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, who accused Mutko's ministry of overseeing doping of the country's Olympic athletes.

  • The Latest: Russian sports minister sees civil court option

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):10:10 a.m.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the country's athletes who are banned from competing in next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could go to a civil court to try and overturn the ban.

  • The Latest: Head of Russia's track and field backs reforms

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):9:50 a.m.The head of Russia's track and field federation says he will continue to work on anti-doping reforms in the hope of returning to international competition after the Olympics.

  • The Latest: Pole vaulter Isinbayeva says ban devalues Rio

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:45 a.m.Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva says Russia's Olympic track and field ban means the games will be devalued with only ''pseudo-gold medals'' available.

  • The Latest: Crimean athlete in shock at Olympic ban

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:20 a.m.A Crimean athlete who switched allegiance to Russia two years ago says she doesn't know ''whether to laugh or cry'' after her new team was ruled out of next month's Olympics.

  • The Latest: Russia cancels send-off for Olympic athletes

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:15 a.m.Russia has canceled a ceremonial send-off for its Olympic athletes heading to Rio, as the prospect of a ban for Russia's whole team looms.

  • The Latest: CAS lawyers from US, Italy and Britain

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):8:05 a.m.The three lawyers who unanimously rejected the appeal by Russia's track and field federation and 68 athletes against their Olympic exclusion by the IAAF come from Italy, Britain and the United States.

  • The Latest: Bolt says CAS ruling will 'scare' people

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:56 a.m.Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says Russian athletes being banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will ''scare a lot of people'' thinking about doping.

  • The Latest: Court judges had concerns on Olympic exceptions

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:35 a.m.An IAAF rule to create Olympic exceptions for a select few Russian athletes caused unease for the appeal judges.The three-member Court of Arbitration for Sport judging panel ''was concerned about the immediate application with retroactive effect'' of a rule that track and field's governing body created last month.

  • The Latest: Isinbayeva says ruling is athletics' 'funeral'

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:30 a.m.Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says banning Russia's track and field team from next month's Rio de Janeiro Games represents the ''funeral'' of her sport.

  • The Latest: IOC to 'study and analyze' ruling on Russian ban

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:20 a.m.The IOC says it will ''study and analyze'' the court ruling that upholds the ban on Russian track and field athletes from competing in the Rio Olympics.

  • The Latest: IAAF says ruling creates 'level playing field'

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:10 a.m.The IAAF says the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling to confirm a ban on Russia ''has created a level playing field for athletes.''

  • The Latest: Russian athlete hopes court ban leads to reforms

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):7:00 a.m.Hammer thrower Sergei Litvinov, who was on Russia's track and field team for next month's Olympics, tells The Associated Press he is ''very sad'' to miss the games but hopes the team's ban will mean more serious reforms.

  • Former WADA head says Russia should not go to Rio Olympics

    July 21, 2016

    Former World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey says a ''clear-cut'' decision is required: Russia should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Fahey told The Associated Press on Thursday that Russia should ''definitely not be going'' to Rio and said the integrity of the 2016 Olympics and future games is in jeopardy.

  • Russia loses appeal against Olympic track and field ban

    July 21, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Russia lost its appeal Thursday against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country entirely from next month's games in Rio de Janeiro.The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

  • The Latest: Russia attacks 'political' ban on athletes

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):---6:45 a.m.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was ''political.''

  • The Latest: IAAF's Coe 'thankful' for Russia doping ruling

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:30 a.m.IAAF President Sebastian Coe says he is ''thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported.'' That response comes after a three-member Court of Arbitration for Sport judging panel upheld the IAAF's right to ban the Russian track and field federation and its athletes from international competition, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • The Latest: Russia loses appeal against track and field ban

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):6:15 a.m.Russia has lost its appeal against the ban on its track and field athletes from competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • China vows zero-tolerance on doping for Olympic team

    July 21, 2016

    BEIJING (AP) Seeking to dismiss lingering doubts, a top Chinese sports official says the country has committed to a zero-tolerance stance on doping ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Vice Director of the General Administration of Sports Gao Zhidian told the official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday that Olympics-bound athletes and coaches are required to sign pledges not to cheat, saying violators would be severely punished.

  • The Latest: Russia awaits court ruling on Olympic ban

    July 21, 2016

    The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):5:50 a.m.Russian athletes are waiting nervously for news of whether their country's track and field team will be allowed to compete at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Court set to rule on appeal by Russian track athletes

    July 21, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) An appeals court is set to rule on the ban imposed on Russia's track and field athletes for next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Court of Arbitration for Sport is scheduled to issue a verdict Thursday in the case of 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

  • With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, Japan aiming high in Rio

    July 21, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) They've set up the elite academy, set in motion the Gold Plan and expect Kohei Uchimura to deliver three medals of that color in Rio de Janeiro next month, all part of the Japanese Olympic Committee's ambitious program leading into Tokyo 2020.

  • Star Jordan Burroughs key to wrestling's popularity push

    July 21, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Jordan Burroughs used his gold-medal moment at the 2012 Olympics in London to emerge as one of wrestling's biggest stars.A year later, the world's oldest sport turned to Burroughs to help save its future.''They needed someone who was consistent, who was marketable, who was eloquent enough in their speech and articulate enough to engage with the media, and who was interested in engaging with the fans via social media,'' Burroughs said. ''It was amazing timing for me.''

  • Newspapers withdraw applications for Olympic accreditation

    July 21, 2016

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand's two largest newspaper groups are not sending journalists to cover the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of a dispute with domestic broadcasting rights-holder Sky TV and the New Zealand Olympic Committee over accreditation terms they say will unfairly restrict coverage.

  • Ex-WADA president says Russia should not go to Rio Olympics

    July 20, 2016

    Former World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey says it should be a ''clear-cut'' decision: Russia should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Fahey told The Associated Press on Thursday that Russia should ''definitely not be going'' to Rio and said the integrity of the 2016 Olympics and future games is in jeopardy.

  • While US basketball readies for Rio, Popovich preps for 2020

    July 20, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Mike Krzyzewski is working with his team when suddenly Gregg Popovich enters the gym with his own guys looking to play ball.Krzyzewski vs. Popovich. Five-time NCAA champion vs. five-time NBA champion. It's a mega matchup that would look good on one of the giant marquees that light up Las Vegas.

  • WADA reinstates Rio Olympic drug-testing laboratory

    July 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it has reinstated the laboratory that will carry out drug testing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which start in just over two weeks.The lab was shuttered last month for what WADA called ''nonconformity with International Standard for Laboratories.''

  • USA Basketball to host family of fallen military at games

    July 20, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The U.S. Olympic basketball teams will host more than 350 family members of military who have died during their upcoming exhibition tours.USA Basketball announced a partnership with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) on Wednesday, two days before its men's team begins its pre-Olympic schedule with a game in Las Vegas against Argentina.

  • Russian athletes await key ruling on Olympic track ban

    July 20, 2016

    ZHUKOVSKY, Russia (AP) Long jumper Ekaterina Koneva says she'll cry. World hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov says he'll drown his sorrows.A day before a sports court rules on Russia's appeal against the ban on its track and field team from the Olympics, star Russian athletes at a meet near Moscow pondered how they will react if they lose their case and can't go to Rio de Janeiro.

  • Gold medals in Rio are barely gold at all. Here's why.

    July 20, 2016

    Gold medals are the ultimate prize in Olympic sport.They're also a misnomer.There's no such thing as a ''gold'' medal, not at these upcoming Rio Olympics - and really, not ever. Second-place finishers get silver medals and oddly enough, so do the winners, albeit theirs are plated in a tiny amount of gold.

  • For elite gymnasts, going pro is a complicated choice